Breakdown of John Coltrane's Seminal Classic, "Giant Steps"

Submitted by: holygod 2 months ago in Entertainment


To be honest, I only grasped about 10% of this, but I still found it pretty interesting. Thought our musically inclined IABers might enjoy it (and maybe explain it to the rest of us).
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Male 4,559
Okay, so a little more information. The circle of fifths, the bread and butter of music theory. She said there were 12 different scales to represent the 12 different notes. On the simplest level, that's true. But each key signature has 7 scales within them. Based on Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, and Ti.
For instance, the C scale. C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C
That's the C scale based on Do, also known as a major scale.
But you can start on La, or A in this case to get A-B-C-D-E-F-G-A
That's the C scale based on La, also known as a minor scale.
You can do that with any note within a scale. They even have fancy names!

The circle of fifths in not only based on fifths, but based on key signatures.
C is always at the top because there are no flats or sharps. Then it goes around, usually clockwise keeps adding sharps, and counterclockwise adds flats.
So starting at C adding one sharp at a time, C-G-D-A-E-B-F#-C# . Technically you can go on forever because of double sharps and triple sharps and (this goes on forever)
So starting at C adding one flat at a time, C-F-Bb-Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-Cb . Again, can go on forever because of double flats, etc.

The sharps added go in this order, F-C-G-D-A-E-B
And the flats are added in this order, B-E-A-D-G-C-F
Notice that they are in reverse order!

Due to enharmonics, most of the key signatures are never used. Db = C#. They are literally the same pitch; there are some reasons why the exist. Sheet music needs to be easily read. Since C# is seen much more often, no one writes Db; unless you try to analyze the music. Then seeing the chord Bb-Db-F makes more sense than seeing Bb-C#-F


uhh, this went on longer than I had hoped.
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Male 4,559
Going to watch the video a little later, but I was never a fan of Coltrane. I'm more of a Miles Davis fan.
I wasn't trained too much in jazz, I'm a classically trained musician.
But if others have specific questions in the meantime, I'll answer what I can.
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