Shorter Straws

This is a demo I made of a tune I wrote for a now defunct band, outlining the head, solo section and song structure for the other players.
The tune itself is fairly straightforward, though there are some triplet runs that need a bit of care, and for tenor players (like me) there’s a bit of left-hand palm key work to keep tidy. Fortunately for alto players, their lead-sheet is written a fourth lower!

This demo track is freely downloadable (see ‘more’ above).
If you’d like to try playing Shorter Straws yourself, you can buy a ‘playalong packs’ for £2 from, Bandcamp link above.

Each pack consists of:

the guide track (with guide sax)
the ‘minus one’ (no sax) backing track
a track of the solo section looped (repeated) four times for soloing practise
printable lead sheets in Bb, Eb & C versions, (including scale choice suggestions for the solo sections).

Shorter Straws was recorded at 120 bpm.

The key signature is Bb & B (for C instruments), C & C# (for Bb instruments), G & Ab (for Eb instruments).

The structure is: 8 bar drum & rhythm section intro / head x 2 / solo section x 2 / head.

If you’d like to play Shorter Straws yourself, you can buy a ‘playalong’ pack for £2 on Bandcamp:

The pack consists of;

  • the guide mp3 track (with guide sax)
  • the ‘minus one’ (no sax) mp3 backing track
  • an mp3 of the solo section looped (repeated) four times for soloing practise
  • a single solo section for use in DAWs and looper apps & pedals
  • printable lead sheets in Bb, Eb & C versions, (including scale choice suggestions for the solo sections)

Here’s the Eb version of the score with the audio (played on tenor):

 

Other available tunes & loops:

Swam In The Moon

Old Skool

3 Limes On A Shelf

Paper Cut

Cinnabar Green

Solaar

Blowing Turmeric Off The Gravel

Loop 1 (D Major)