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Originally posted by LiveMusic:

"For Once In My Life" -- I guess that's the name of it. What a nice tune on keys. Any other Stevie Wonder tunes you play that are fun? Or any other R&B artist, for that matter. Trying to learn some R&B.

Stevie Wonder covered For Once In My Life, but he didn't write it. It's by Miller & Murden (Music by Orlando Murden, Lyrics by Ron Miller). Can't find the year it was written in, though.
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In some of the bands I've been in, we covered horn parts w/ an electric guitar. Think of the horn stabs in "The Letter" or "You Made Me So Very Happy" done with power chords on guitar! It works because it's far enough away from horns that no one is hearing fake synth horns. "Superstition" lends itself to a similar treatment.

 

Originally posted by Rabid:

Back when I "could" play Superstition is was fun. But then the band always tries to cover the horn parts without real horns and it never sounds the same.

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My cover band does "Superstition," and I once had the pleasure of using an actual Hohner Clavinet D6 on it. We're also lucky enough to have real horns, which makes it huge. Pet peeve #1 is when our geetar player doubles the clav line with me. It's a KEYBOARD part, dammit, and the guy gets to solo all night anyway. Pass the plate!

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Originally posted by SteveFortner:

My cover band does "Superstition," and I once had the pleasure of using an actual Hohner Clavinet D6 on it. We're also lucky enough to have real horns, which makes it huge. Pet peeve #1 is when our geetar player doubles the clav line with me. It's a KEYBOARD part, dammit, and the guy gets to solo all night anyway. Pass the plate!

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Originally posted by SteveFortner:

My cover band does "Superstition," and I once had the pleasure of using an actual Hohner Clavinet D6 on it. We're also lucky enough to have real horns, which makes it huge. Pet peeve #1 is when our geetar player doubles the clav line with me. It's a KEYBOARD part, dammit, and the guy gets to solo all night anyway. Pass the plate!

(Sigh) Yes. Had the same problem in my first band. And using the pick as clost to the bridge as possible while trying to make the extra twang into a decent fake clav sound.

 

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I find a lot of Stevie Wonder songs great fun to play live. In my band we play "I wish" and "Living for the city", and the audience always loves them :) The are extremly groovy. Take a listen to the ending on "I Wish" from the live CD "Natural Wonder" , nice stops! (Any other recomandations in the same style?)

 

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Stevie Wonder is one of my favorite songwriters. Over the years I actually had the pleasure of meeting him in person a couple times through my blind friend also a keyboardists. A few of his tunes I've played often aside from those mentioned above;

 

"Overjoyed"

"Creepin'"

"Love's In Need Of Love Today"

"You Are The Sunshine Of My Life"

"Lately"

"You and I"

"Rocket Love"

"Do I Do"

 

"Joy Inside My Tears" is one I intend to learn next.

I'd like to learn everything on the "Innervisions" and "Songs In The Key Of LIfe" LPs as well. What I like best abour Stevie's writing is simply (1) great melodies and (2) interesting harmonies.

 

Oh yeah I can't leave out "Evil", one of his more obscure tunes.

 

On the other hand, I never really cared too much for "I Just Called To Say I Love You" and "Sir Duke" although we played them a lot. :)

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posted 03-01-2002 02:11 PM                       

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My cover band does "Superstition," and I once had the pleasure of using an actual Hohner Clavinet D6 on it. We're also lucky enough to have real horns, which makes it huge. Pet peeve #1 is when our geetar player doubles the clav line with me. It's a KEYBOARD part, dammit, and the guy gets to solo all night anyway. Pass the plate!

 

But didn't Stevie write the tune for Jeff Beck? Maybe the clav is playing what the guitar would have played anyway.

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I saw a live version of it on VH-1 from the 70's where the guitar player (It may have been Michael Sembello just plays a Eb7#9 chord at the end of the 4 during the verse. That is a good way to stay out of the keyboard players way so he or she can get in their parts without being stepped on.
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IIRC, Superstition originally had two clav tracks. One was the signature melody line, the other was a rhythmic comping. Whenever I've played this tune with a guitarist, I'd just have him play the rhythm so I could play the cool clav part.

 

IMO, Higher Ground is the coolest use of wah-wah clav to this day. It's the tune I always play when I'm auditioning wah clav patches.

 

I've actually played Boogie On Reggae Woman with a sequenced piano track ( :eek: ) just so I could do all the cool synth bass in that tune. You can't do that part justice with just one hand! :D

 

Too High and Do I Do are a few more faves. Actually, I could do a whole night of Stevie tunes. There's just so many great ones. :)

 

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Originally posted by raintreemayor:

posted 03-01-2002 02:11 PM                       

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But didn't Stevie write the tune for Jeff Beck? Maybe the clav is playing what the guitar would have played anyway.

Nah! Your thinking of Once We've Ended As Lovers from Jeff Beck's Blow By Blow. It also has a good version of Charlie Mingus' Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. The heaven is 5,0000 light years away line is from the song of the same name. I believe that is from Fulfillinest First Finale.

 

Superstition is also a cool line for a bassist ;)

to play. I always thought Stevie shoulda been made and honorary bassist.

 

Some of my faves are:

 

Master Blaster

Boogie On Reggae Woman

You Haven't Done Nothin'

Too High

I Wish (another killer bass line)

You and I (I like it even though every wedding I ever went to played that darn song)

Golden Lady

 

... lots more

 

Rob'Former Detroiter and Big Stevie Wonder Fan'T

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You and I (I like it even though every wedding I ever went to played that darn song)
Either that or "Ribbon In The Sky".

 

Two other's I like a lot are "I Was Made To Love Her"

and "All I Do".

 

P.S. I agree "Knocks Me Of My Feet" is one of the best.

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Originally posted by Dave Bryce:

Originally posted by RobT:

Your thinking of Once We've Ended As Lovers from Jeff Beck's Blow By Blow. It also has a good version of Charlie Mingus' Goodbye Pork Pie Hat.

The Mingus tune is on Wired, not BBB.

 

dB

Yep. You are right. I didn't have it in front of me (gotta do some work sometime).

 

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