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Framton's "Do You Feel Like We Do" Live Keyboard Solo?


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Does any know if there is a transcription for Bob Mayo's keyboard solo for "Do you Feel Like We Do" on Frampton Comes Alive??

 

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Key of D, blues scale. It is pretty natural once you become one with 5 and 6 tone blues scales. The coolest part is the C/F.

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Bobby was legend in these parts. . . the last drummer I worked with in my old band and he were close friends. He was in Rat Race Choir also just prior to working with Frampton and was also in Foreigner later on. In the North East 'Rat Race' were also legend if anyone knows who they were/are. Shame he had to pass so young . . . 'Feel Like We Do' was recorded about 3 miles from where I'm working right now over at the old Commack Arena in LI, NY before it was taken down.

 

The amazing thing is that in Rat Race Choir Bobby was the guitarist. I think I liked his guitar playing as much as his keyboard work. He was equally expressive on guitar as keys and a joy to hear playing either live! :rawk:

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I had to learn this one for a band I was subbing with. Since I had to learn a ton of songs in a short time, there wasn't time to transcribe it note for note. Though I often DO transcribe solos note for note, I'm glad I didn't with this one. It turned better to feed off the band and improv the solo. I think the spirit of the song lends itself to that anyway. Maybe pick up some of the hooks you like and familiarize yourself with the structure in terms of how it builds and where it lays back, then do your own thing. I've played it with them a few more times since then and enjoy the rare opportunity as a keyboard player to solo for a couple minutes and get a little spotlight. The way I've rehearsed for subsequent gigs was to just loop a section and just free jam over it for 10-15 min or so and then try to remember some my favorite riffs that I like and then pull them from my bag of tricks at the gig.

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There's something else I noticed after playing this a couple times. The rest of the band is going through the whole D F C D progression under the solo. If you more randomly solo in a D blues scale over it, depending on what chord they're on, it could be the minor of the chord where they're playing major. In passing, it can be fine, especially if you're doing something chromatic passing through. But I found it best to pay attention and avoid any of one potential clashes.

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That solo is an interesting study of modes. He also switches between major and minor third of the D scale.

 

Yes, that was kind of my point, but since I don't have formal theory training on modes, I maybe couldn't express it in a meaningful way. But even without that formal training, I know enough to make it work based on what I suggested in my previous post. I don't know how to communicate the changes any other way, but I learned how to make it work.

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I agree Brett, I just threw it up there because you don't find many bands covering it. I agree that his solo had nowhere near the fluidity that Bob's had. That band does some amazing covers of songs we'd all like to play though. Too bad they're not around anymore.

 

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