I like Eric’s music. That’s why I signed up for his workshop in Seattle at Dusty Strings the same moment I saw the ad.
The focus of the workshop was on how to arrange songs for fingerstyle guitar. Erik showed how to play jazz tunes in different styles and used Autumn Leaves as an example. He played that tune in traditional fingerstyle way, in chord-melody style, showed how to use bluegrass rolls and finished with bossa-nova interpretation.
We asked a lot of questions and got very useful answers and advises. Eric shared with us his experience, practical recommendation and tips & tricks. But what caught my eye was a (relatively) simple walking bass comping version of Autumn Leaves with interesting minor 9th chord progression in the middle.
I was lucky – Eric allowed to record the entire workshop (for my personal use only) and … also allowed me to publish that interesting fragment on YouTube. Eric, thanks a lot! I very appreciate that!
Here is what you’ll see on the video below:
- Part 1. Eric’s improvisation on Autumn Leaves with walking bass. It includes the chord progression I mentioned above.
- Part 2. I tabbed it and added the animated tab to the video.
A pdf file with tabs is there :
Autumn Leaves with Walking Bass (Eric Skye's improvisation) (3009).
- The best walking bass tutorial on a guitar: Tuck Andress: Fingerstyle Mastery (link to Amazon.com)
- Eric Skye’s web site http://www.ericskye.com and YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/min7b5
- Eric Skye’s music on Amazon.com
- A book recommended by Eric: Howard Morgen’s Solo Guitar: Insights, Arranging Techniques & Classic Jazz Standards (Jazz Masters).
- I own this book and found it very useful. It explains essential fingerstyle techniques (using Sixth and Tenths intervals, Chord Embellishment, Substitutions and Additions, Harmonics, Walking Bass, Chord Progressions and other topic) and applies them to the arrangements of twelve jazz standard tunes. My favorite two are famous Misty and Take Five.
- Finally, a link to an octaver pedal I found very useful for playing either solo or accompaniment to a singer, even on a classical guitar : Boss OC-3 (affiliate link on Amazon).
It has a configurable high-pass filter allowing to apply the effect to the selected range of frequencies, usually to the 6th and 5th strings only. My listeners were quite impressed with how deep my guitar sounded. I’ve made one step further to the man-orchestra style 🙂