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Nov 16, 2022
In Boogie Woogie Recordings
Here is a dropbox link to a midi file named sockhop.mid I found this file in the early 90s, and it is what made me want to someday be able to play boogie woogie/rock'n'roll. I wished I knew something more about it like: Who performed it? Who composed it? Is it a version of some published song? (The melody in choruses 2, 3, and 6 is similar to Elvis' "It's Christmas Time, Pretty Baby"?) Where can I find more piano solos like this? Well, after spending some time working on Arthur's Boogie Woogie book, I'm working on learning to play this "Sockhop". I'm seeing now how it's made from the Licks. For example: The pickup notes into bar 1 are like Lick #4. Bar 2 is "the lick", which occurs in 3 variations in the first chorus. Bars 9 and 10 are a variation of Track 100 in the book (Lick #8).
Nov 01, 2022
In Music Theory
I've just started trying to see if I can adapt songs to the boogie woogie style, and I'm noticing there is a choice of how fast to play boogie relative to the melody. I guess I'm wondering if there's a terminology for referring to this difference. What I mean is that you can double (or halve) the tempo of the boogie while leaving the tempo of the melody unchanged. (Or conversely, you could double/halve the tempo of the melody while leaving the tempo of the boogie unchanged.) For example, say I try to play "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms". The first phrase "What a fel-low-ship" could fit in one bar (and be counted 1, 2, 3&, 4), or it could take two bars (and be counted 1, 3, 1, 2, 3). If I play the former at 80bpm and the latter at 160bpm, then the melody proceeds at the same tempo. (A third option would be to sing "What a fellowship" in 1 bar at 160bpm, making melody twice as fast as the first two options.)
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