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Question on Elton John improv licks
#3037769 10/20/20 02:07 PM
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Just two phrases I took note of recently for a sort bag of tricks I could have.

Phrase from first concert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhpUoTqbGwI&t=1795s&ab_channel=JeffVanDevender

I've a question or two about the part beginning at 29:33. So at the 29:40 mark; I know he hits a G power chord in his left hand, but what other note (apart from G) does he hit with his right hand?

  • At the end of 29:40 he goes to an Eb chord. I presume it's just (Bb+G) or (G+Bb+G) in his right hand. Or would it be (Bb+Eb+G)? Would just like to know the habit to have in such a situation.


  • The melody over the next chord (Bb/F) is as follows: Eb D C Bb F Bb C D (Bb+F)

    I'd really like to know the correct way to hit that F melody note... the one sort of in the middle. Does he hit it with his right hand at the same time that the left hand hits the Bb base? Or, seeing as that F note is quite low down, does he hit both these notes with the left hand? What's better practice?


  • Favoured question - at 29:44 he goes from an Eb chord to a Bb/F. What's interesting here, is that he brought in the F base note on the very last note of the chord before it. Was that intentional? And does that mean that he had to specifically let of the pedal early? Because otherwise you wouldn't hear that F base note in teh next measure.


Phrase from different concert

So there's a little piece from 0:32

I was curious about the fingering on the Bb chord from 0:36ish

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfgOyMmO0wE&ab_channel=AdmiralNeeda

2 5 1 4 2 3 2 1 5 1 5 1 5 1 5
Bb F Bb E Bb D Bb F F Bb G Bb A Bb A D

Would that be the correct way to do it?

Last edited by Visalia; 10/20/20 02:16 PM.
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Re: Question on Elton John improv licks
Visalia #3037771 10/20/20 02:18 PM
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Meant to put last phrase in in code format!

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2 5 1 4 2 3 2 1 5 1 5 1 5 1 5
Bb F Bb E Bb D Bb F F Bb G Bb A Bb A D

Last edited by Visalia; 10/20/20 02:18 PM.
Re: Question on Elton John improv licks
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Third time lucky

Fingering for third phrase
Code
2  5 1  4 2  3 2  1 5 1  5 1  5 1  5
Bb F Bb E Bb D Bb F F Bb G Bb A Bb A D

Last edited by Visalia; 10/20/20 03:17 PM.

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