I needed a song to help me tried out this software called Transcribe! that everybody have been talking about, especially on the spectrum analysis feature in it. What better song is there than a classic Bill Evans number.
Bill Evans is famous among pianist for his left hand comping. Countless studies have been made on his style of voicings. Check out this cool video posted on youtube.
Unfortunately, the recording I have of this song is another of Bill’s version. Here is my transcription of it.
Bill Evans Waltz for Debby
To transcribe a song played by the Bill Evans Trio, there are several things you must know in order to make life easier.
1) You must have a basic understanding of the Bill Evans style voicings, that is how he prefers to voice various chords with his left hand. This will help you greatly in figuring out what chords he is trying to use, or how he is voicing those chords. Here are a few examples found in this song.
- you will find a lot of minor 9th chord in my transcription. This is when Bill is using his 3,7,9 voicings. Where a Dm9 chord will be voiced with a F, C and E.. starting from the lower.
- you will also find a few 7(add6) chord. This is when Bill is using is 7,3,6 voicings. Where a G7(add6) will be voiced with F,B and E, also starting from the lower.
2) Bill Evans bassist is one who is famous for NOT play the root of the chord, and sometimes even soloing together with Bill. For example.
-in bar 13 of my transcription, although its notated as an Am9, but the bassist was actually stopping on a G note, but considering the whole context of the song, an Am chord would make much more sense. See for it yourself.
-in bar 12, the bassist was actually playing a line at the same time Bill was doing his. So considering the notes of the bass line, Bill’s lines and also his left hand comping, I came to the conclusion of notating it as a Gm7 with a flatted fifth.
There are also times when I wrote a C13(omit11) kinda thing. That’s when Bill was playing a Bflat, D and A in his left hand instead of his usual voicing of Bflat, E and A for a typical C chord when functioning as a dominant.
The Aalt chord you will find in the transcription is actually when Bill is playing the A7 chord with a raised 5th and raised 9th.
So I hope whoever reading this will benefit greatly from it. If you have any questions, or any comments on the transcription, you are very welcomed to post it up here on the comments section of this post.
In the mean time.. Have fun and enjoy………………..