Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Stablemates Etude

This morning I was working on an etude or written out solo over Stablemates. I was pleased with how it turned out and wanted to share it.

Though my only real focus was to write something different from what I usually play on this tune, I did end up with some recurring themes. Polyrhythms turn up on the regular basis. The etude opens up with a 3 beat repeating rhythm, creating a 3/4 metric feel over the underlying 4/4 meter. The B section, starting at measure 14, uses the same 3/4 over 4/4 feel with the fourth and final occurrence of the rhythm being displaced early by one eighth note. Finally, the opening of the final A section has a 3 and half beat repeating rhythm starting on beat 2 of measure 23. You can also observe some repeating 3 eighth note rhythms in measures 4-5 and in measure 28.

Some of the other things I ended up using a lot include anticipated and delayed resolutions and switching between melodic ascent and descent multiple times withing a phrase. Anyways, here it is (links to PDFs in various transpositions below).

Stablemates Etude Bb.pdf
Stablemates Solo C.pdf
Stablemates Solo Eb.pdf


  1. any possibility you've recorded the composition?

    thank you!

    Dean Taylor

    1. I didn't end up recording it. Frankly, after working on it for a while, I didn't like it as much as I originally though and gave up on taking it any further. Sorry!