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'Sun Touch' playalong (Herbie Hancock Rhodes Solo)

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Uploaded on Aug 28, 2011

The Resolution 88 album is now released!
CDs available from:
http://www.resolution88.com/store/#!/...
Digital download available from:
iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/res...
Amazon:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Resolution-88...
Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/music/a...

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Please keep checking back - any advice on my website is welcome too!

This is truly one of Herbie's orchestral masterpieces, along with 'Come Running To Me'. I really want to delve deeper one day and pick out the individual parts for each instrument (bass trombone etc) to work out exactly what Herbie did, because he created such an incredible sound on this piece. I was fairly young when I first heard this track, and it was back in the days of dial-up internet. I'd worn out Headhunters and found some of Herbie's other albums online - there was a website with 30s audio clips and I paid my Mum something like 20p each time, so that I could play the little audio clips at full blast through the computer speakers and record them through the internal microphone on our ghetto blaster! Pretty lo-fi :D ... the lengths you go to when you discover music you love. Anyway, I eventually tracked down the album itself and it's been one of my favourite tracks by Herbie for many years. I know that he was heavily influenced by the orchestration of Ravel (he often listened to 'Daphnis & Chloe along with the score, according to Dr Pat Gleeson). This track is perhaps a 70's pastiche of some of the orchestral tricks that Ravel used - it's certainly very evocative; Herbie used the instruments available to him (including the Rhodes, synths etc) with real mastery and with every echoplex'd run and guitar effect, you can almost see the rays of sun stretch out.
I recorded this as usual, straight from my amp outputs into Logic through an Apogee Duet. There are several points in the song where Herbie switches on the echoplex, so I have got round this by automating the tape delay plug-in in Logic. I'll put comments on the video to indicate when the effect is being switched in an out of bypass mode (Herbie would have done it with the echoplex footswitch if he had been in control of it during the take).
I've tried a slightly modified view so that you can hopefully see the keys I'm playing fairly well, without them being obscured to often by my head or my hand. As usual, any feedback is welcome but most of all I hope you enjoy listening - I feel like I'm really learning a lot by transcribing these tracks and hopefully it will rub off on my own playing style.

As usual, this video was recorded:
Rhodes suitcase mk1 88 - Apogee Duet (direct from amp outputs) - Logic.

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