As promised, here is a Hank Crawford transcription. An old adage is that if you want to emulate your musical idols, listen to their idols. Many of the modern blues/funk/R&B greats, like David Sanborn or Maceo Parker cite Hank Crawford as one of their early influences, and you can hear why on this track.
This is a pretty straightforward I-IV-V blues progression. Hank take about nine choruses, and I love the progression and how he builds the solo. My only criticism is that the pitch is a little off in spots (but so is mine, so, glass houses and all that).
The feel is solid 12/8 (eighth-note triplet subdivisions of each 4/4 beat), but I prefer to write it in 4/4. I find that many intermediate students struggle to read 12/8. It’s easier to read in 4/4, and if you listen and play along, you can feel the swing subdivision.Hank Crawford - Mr. Chips
- Artist: Hank Crawford
- Album: Mr. Chips (1986)
- Track: Mr. Chips
- Instrument: Alto Sax