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#1020283 - 12/03/04 07:28 AM Easy Monk
Bob331 Offline
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For fans of Thelonius Monk:

I just picked up a book of easy arrangements of Monk tunes. Published by Hal Leonard.

I'm having a lot of fun working on some of the pieces.

Bob

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#1020284 - 12/03/04 11:47 AM Re: Easy Monk
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He's one of my favorite all time jazz pianists
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#1020285 - 12/03/04 11:52 AM Re: Easy Monk
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Are you studying jazz piano now?

Bob

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#1020286 - 12/03/04 11:55 AM Re: Easy Monk
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It makes me wonder how easy "easy Monk" is? Can Thelonius Monk really be easy?
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#1020287 - 12/03/04 03:32 PM Re: Easy Monk
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am I studying it? not formally, I'm working with Mark Levine's book. spending much more time on classical. but I "discovered" Monk probably 15 years ago
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#1020288 - 12/04/04 10:05 PM Re: Easy Monk
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Oooh.. is it fun to play? I'm listeneing to Bill Evans CDs now in prep for more jazz-oriented tunes
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#1020289 - 12/06/04 06:26 AM Re: Easy Monk
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Bill Evans ia amazing as well. I did an improvisation on one of this tunes "Peace Piece" at my first recital. He'a s genius.

Monk would be fun to play, he has a very "angular" sort of style, truly his own. I've never studied it though.
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#1020290 - 12/06/04 07:02 AM Re: Easy Monk
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Originally posted by markb:
It makes me wonder how easy "easy Monk" is? Can Thelonius Monk really be easy? [/b]
I've been playing piano for only 9 months (although I've played other instruments before so I can read the music.) So I consider myself to be a very early intermediate.

The arrangements in this book are easy and the pieces have been shortened from the original versions. But if you like the "sound" of Monk, you can play these tunes and voila ! - they sound like the way Monk played them!

I'm having lots of fun with a couple of the tunes. I sat down at the piano last night at about 10:30PM to work out the fingering for "Blue Monk", and before I knew it, it was almost midnight! Time flies when you're having fun.

Bob

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#1020291 - 12/08/04 11:02 AM Re: Easy Monk
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I'm a major Monk fan and I have the book you're talking about. The arrangements are "easy" (at least comparatively), though the faster swing pieces are still a bit challenging. I also thought I sounded like Monk when I was playing the pieces. But then I spent a few hours watching "Theolonius Monk - American Composer" and "Straight No Chaser" and I realized how wrong I was. But maybe one day...
When you're ready for more of a challenge you might want to try a volume of the Monk Plays Standards Series. It contains actual transcriptions of his playing. There is also an intermediate version of the book you have.

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