Transcription of Chick Corea’s solo piano playing of Jazz Salsa tune Armando’s Rhumba
Chick Corea did a nice solo piano version of his own composition called Armando’s Rhumba on Legends of Jazz. Here is the youtube video :
Here’s the transcription of the video from roughly 0m44s to 1m33s :
A few points to take note :
- We see how Chick Corea manage to harmonize the original melody of the tune beautifully, instead of just playing it with both hands unison.
- The melody need not always be harmonize a third away. From the transcription, we see a mixture of fifths, and thirds and many others. What’s more important is the chord at that instant you plan to harmonize.
- The tune should be played with a strong salsa groove to it. With the clave beat in your head, even though there’s no salsa drumming or a steady bass tumbao to guide you. This will strongly effect your phrasing, and accents.
- Check out this video when Chick Corea is playing with Bobby McFerrin. Note how McFerrin was doing the bass tumbao when Chick Corea was improvising a solo.
Bar 9 – 12
The left hand part of these four bars were very blurry, my best guess was a rolling of left hand with two C notes an octave a part, with the intention of a C pedal tone through these four bars.
Have fun and Enjoy ……