The hardest Zappa passages for me are the spoken ones where the band plays a figure that seams to be based on the specific lyrics and not so much a clear musical line. There are a few like that in "Drowning Witch" and "Inca Roads".
I know. I'm still to write them down somewhat close so that I don't have any "holes" in the charts.Those spoken-word parts are usually pulled off by a visual cue, and not set to a specific tempo, like you’ll sometimes find in musical theater productions. So don’t get too wrapped up in resolving the spoken words to a meter.
Killer stuff, Daniel!Hi guys,
Not that long ago, I challenged myself in trying to transcribe one FZ song a week for a year. That year came to an end last September and even with covid slowing me down big time, I still managed to reach my goal of 52 songs in a year. I've kept on writing more just for my own fun and because I wanted to understand better what was going on these songs. It's been a lot of fun to listen closely to what Terry Bozzio, Vinnie Colaiuta, Chad Wackerman, Ralph Humphrey, Chester Thompson, Aynsley Dunbar, David Logeman and others are playing on these classic tracks. Here are a few sheets that I've been writing down. I don't have any precise plans regarding what do to with them other than playing them for my own purposes right now. I thought some of you might find this an interesting topic of discussion. (and I'll need to write them in Sibelius at some point).View attachment 101264View attachment 101272View attachment 101273View attachment 101274View attachment 101275View attachment 101276
Thank you Terry. I've been a fan of your transcribing for a while now.Killer stuff, Daniel!
Zappa was a genius, and you can learn so much by doing projects like this.
Have you done “I’m a Beautiful Guy”? I think I have that one scribbled down in a notebook somewhere. Fun times!
Thank you. I wish I could have seen him live but I wasn't even aware of him when he died sadly. This is a fun project, I like to understand more clearly what's going on in the songs. And that's pretty cool that you got to study with Ralph. I love his playing.This is a lot of work! I've never taken the time to do this myself, although I've been a FZ fan since I was a teenager, and I can play along many of the songs. Great job, I'd like to se more!
I basically learned The Black Page by ear when it came out, and later I remember being the only one to dare playing it in Ralph Humphrey's class at PIT.
I've had the good fortune to see FZ live ten times, from 1971 to 1988. The first concert I attended when I was 16 was the one that ended in a fire in Montreux.
I finally finished "Moggio". It was a very hard one. My biggest problem was knowing where to put the bars in. At first, I just transcribed very long bars of of something like 30/4 before I figured out where to put the fences in musically speaking. I'm happy with the result as I better hear and understand the piece now.Amazing job! I hope to do a transcription for "Moggio" sometime. To me, that's a tough one, plus l'm lazy.
Thank you! I've looked at that clip and compared and noticed I was one 8th note away from it. We wrote a few things differently though like he has some bars in 6/8 where I went for 3/4.Awesome job! There's a "Frank Zappa- Moggio- Lead transcription " on Youtube if you want to compare time signature interpretations.