so I'm learning this song for a duet performance. I can play the walking bass line and even the chord progressions on bass, i can even tap out the intro chords when the lyrics start in a Stu Hamm or Victor Wooten fashion (just an example so you don't question why I'm playing chords on bass). However, in the very beginning of the song the piano runs through (what I believe to be) an Eb chord. Now let me remind you I don't play piano, i play violin, autoharp, and bass so I'm not very familiar with any piano techniques. But let me assure you I've heard this style of a run up before. I've tried several ways of tapping out this chord in a very fast manner but I just can't seem to hear out all these notes, or quiet frankly, what's going on here. Any help is appreciated, this may be a tiring question but maybe someone can lend me an hear. Thanks everyone! Wonderful community of music wizards here.

  • Get some software that can slow down the audio without changing the pitch - e.g. Audacity, or (specifically written for music transcribing) the demo version of "Transcribe". If you play it say 10 times slower than the original you should be able to pick out the notes. "Knowing about piano technique" wouldn't help - a good pianist can play any notes that he/she wants to in that sort of run! – user19146 Aug 9 '17 at 17:30
  • @alephzero - with all the technology available, skill is taking a back seat. I wonder when our ears will become vestigial... – Tim Aug 11 '17 at 5:24
  • I agree, it's quiet a shame. I understand it makes things much easier, but even now, computers can replace instruments in a hardbeat. So much modern music is synthetic and without soul or feel. – MusicMan Aug 11 '17 at 8:02

Sounds like a diminished 7th arpeggio to me - same sort of thing that starts 'I Will Survive', except this rolls from Eb up to C. Taking the song into Ab.


For some odd reason my comment was deleted, i usually wait a while because more people comment and more often than not I get a more in depth answer.

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