Friday, September 21, 2018

Ulysses Owens Jr. 4s on Juicy Lucy



Here is my latest transcription effort. I tend to pick players who are both spontaneous and unique. I also seem to be compelled to transcribe playing that seems impossible to recreate (by me at least...). Ulysses 4s here are no exception. When I say recreate I don't want to imply that is my motivation. Rather, I am intrigued by the process of figuring out what exactly is being done on the instrument. Then I try to get as close as possible to being able to perform it exactly as the recording. Sometimes I can get it 98% sometimes 99%. The best playing cannot be recreated. The thing that makes great playing great is the individual's vibe, use of space, time, touch and sound. That last one percent is the most important and the least quantifiable. Reminds me of the scientific data that explains that chimpanzees share about 99% of our DNA (depending on what you are comparing). What a remarkable difference 1% can make!

By far, the hardest thing for me to get down was the unison single stroke 16th notes on the 5th set of 4s. Ulysses uses his fingers on these. Needless to say, I will be shedding my single stroke finger technique for a long time to come! Other than a little wonkiness in the time on the 4th set of 4s, everything else is good to go. Here is the original recording followed by my transcription.

Ciao!





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