with some free time today i’ve rediscovered some oldies from the steiny songwriting archives and decided to post a few.
this first one a song i wrote for my good friend Jaron Hilger for his birthday last year. this is something i used to do more often for birthday gifts, and this one was particularly fun for me. it also features “tiny steiny.”
1. stacked 4ths. for example, the opening chords are two separate stacks of fourths:
RH – C F# B
LH – E A D
these are not all perfect fourths, and resolve in different ways, but the color for the etude is established with these stacks. when the blocked chords become a linear pattern a few seconds in, it’s the same stacks, broken up. these six notes establish a rhythmic theme for the accompaniment part.
2. hand to hand play (not evident in recording) – the accompaniment part (above) is really a two handed part, with each hand getting a different stack of fourths, so the melody part that appears about 30 seconds in has to happen around this accompaniment part. i should make a video. basically when one hand or another is not playing the accompaniment run, it’s reaching up an octave for a melody note. this makes for fun hand over hand work, and a bit of speed to reach some of the notes. think of it this way, when you hear the melody come in, it’s played in this order:
right, right, left, right left
well, thanks for listening and reading.
p.s. Hideout Soul Revue is August 15th (a week away!) and not to be missed