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Jimmy Smith holds a note for 3 minutes #3007930 09/13/19 02:28 PM
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Well, just under three minutes actually. But still cool!

Makes me wonder how many keys he could span with his right hand. Also, when I try such a maneuver, I usually hold a note with my pinky finger, since it's easier to play fluid lines with the other fingers.

The note hold starts at 4:06


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Re: Jimmy Smith holds a note for 3 minutes [Re: cedar] #3007931 09/13/19 02:36 PM
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A palmed matchbook!

Re: Jimmy Smith holds a note for 3 minutes [Re: PianoMan51] #3007933 09/13/19 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by PianoMan51
A palmed matchbook!


That matchbook looks amazingly like a thumb!


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Re: Jimmy Smith holds a note for 3 minutes [Re: cedar] #3007934 09/13/19 02:56 PM
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Looks like he's doubling pedals with his left hand.

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Originally Posted by bg
Looks like he's doubling pedals with his left hand.

Somewhere I read, it's more the other way around: LH bass, with pedal stabs for emphasis.


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Re: Jimmy Smith holds a note for 3 minutes [Re: JoeToGo] #3007957 09/13/19 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by JoeToGo
Originally Posted by bg
Looks like he's doubling pedals with his left hand.

Somewhere I read, it's more the other way around: LH bass, with pedal stabs for emphasis.

yes, he's mostly just tapping on the pedals usually


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Re: Jimmy Smith holds a note for 3 minutes [Re: cedar] #3007991 09/13/19 10:18 PM
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I’ve just read this thread! You mean, it’s not a headline from The Onion ?


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Re: Jimmy Smith holds a note for 3 minutes [Re: cedar] #3008015 09/14/19 06:08 AM
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No offence to Quentin Warren, but damn did Jimmy ever wipe the floor with his solo.


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Re: Jimmy Smith holds a note for 3 minutes [Re: davedoerfler] #3008033 09/14/19 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by davedoerfler
Originally Posted by JoeToGo
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Looks like he's doubling pedals with his left hand.

Somewhere I read, it's more the other way around: LH bass, with pedal stabs for emphasis.

yes, he's mostly just tapping on the pedals usually

Wow, a whole nother technique I didn't even know about!

Re: Jimmy Smith holds a note for 3 minutes [Re: cedar] #3008035 09/14/19 03:39 PM
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For those of us with little hands that can't reach a comfortable 10th, there are two options:
  • SS Officer's knife
  • Circular breathing


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I'll have to try this at the gig today. I think I can do the thumb note hold thing. Oh, you mean I have to play other notes with the other fingers of my right hand?

Re: Jimmy Smith holds a note for 3 minutes [Re: cedar] #3008038 09/14/19 04:01 PM
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An observation and a personal opinion:

That's a young Billy Hart on drums. He went on to play in Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band of the early 1970s. They were the more experimental (and electronic) group that preceded his breakout Headhunters band. Billy is active today. He's an acknowledged master and has played with just about everybody, including Miles, Stan Getz, McCoy Tyner, etc.

Regarding Quentin - no floor got wiped imo. He played a nice, relaxed, bluesy, greasy, in the pocket solo while Jimmy did a lot of pyrotechnics with the flurries of 16th notes that seems to get over a tad better with a lot of people. Not saying that's a bad thing, but in my observations it does tend to get over more with the general public at least. (And, playing jazz guitar on a Strat!)

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Originally Posted by Reezekeys


Regarding Quentin - no floor got wiped imo. He played a nice, relaxed, bluesy, greasy, in the pocket solo while Jimmy did a lot of pyrotechnics with the flurries of 16th notes that seems to get over a tad better with a lot of people. Not saying that's a bad thing, but in my observations it does tend to get over more with the general public at least. (And, playing jazz guitar on a Strat!)


Man, that is for sure. I thought I was the only one.


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Re: Jimmy Smith holds a note for 3 minutes [Re: Tom Williams] #3008040 09/14/19 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Tom Williams
For those of us with little hands that can't reach a comfortable 10th, there are two options:
  • SS Officer's knife
  • Circular breathing



I think he's actually spanning something close to two octaves.


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