In this vintage video from Homespun, you'll get rare insight into the musical thinking of one of the most influential songwriters and arrangers in modern American popular music.
Steely Dan's Donald Fagen reveals how traditional twelve-bar blues and R&B structures can be the basis for unique and sophisticated compositions.
Along with jazz pianist Warren Bernhardt, Donald breaks down the keyboard arrangements to three great Steely Dan hits penned with long-time partner Walter Becker - Chain Lightning, Josie, and Peg, as well as solo works On The Dunes and Tea House On The Tracks.
Play along with Donald and Warren as they take you through the grooves, chord changes and riffs that define these unique songs. Starting with straight-ahead blues ideas, they trace the development of each piece by altering the bass lines and chord voicings and explore the harmonic and rhythmic characteristics that give each tune its singular structure.
Sharing his vast experience in popular music, Donald Fagen provides you with powerful tools to enhance your own playing, writing and arranging, giving you insights into the songs and musical ideas that inspired a generation of musicians.
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Submitted 3 months ago
Agree with musicmanboy - no training
It was ok to watch, but more of an "here is a song I wrote and how it goes" and no real training or immediately applicable concepts were shared.
Submitted 10 months ago
it was good
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Submitted 11 months ago
Above And Beyond
What a blessing to see, and hear a master at work.
I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools
Submitted 1 year ago
I was here before, but I came back in to finish the whole set. This is stunning, thank you so much - please more like this. Big Steely Dan / Donald Fagan fan...Great learning session for me. Thank you very much.
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Submitted 1 year ago
okay to watch - not much training
didn't learn much of anything watching - wouldn't consider this a " tutorial" video
I am a: Musician
Submitted 1 year ago
Donald Fagen Concepts for Jazz/Rock Piano
A useful insight into an interesting jazz chord approach and compositional structure, not only for keyboards but other instruments as well. Even though way above my skill level, I found this inspiring and educational. Great for anyone interested in jazz rock styles and music generally.
Submitted 1 year ago
Interesting to look into the world of highly accomplished jazz pianist, I didn't understand so much, barely being able to play a few chords myself, though I thoroughly enjoyed it none the-less.
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