Tenor: Eastman 52nd St, Alto: P. Mauriat 67RDK, Soprano: Eastern Music Curvy
Very well said and I appreciate it a lot!Solid start. Couple of things.
Time: Clearly rushing at the 34 and 39 sec marks. There's also parts where I can't tell what the rhythm is supposed to be, but you should be making it clear. Make sure you know where the beat is and land solidly on the beat. As is typical of beginners, whatever part of the tune you want to get through at that moment, you rush through. But when you do that, it's not musical. I'd say time is your number one biggest issue right now.
Swing: I assume you're playing straight on purpose, but this tune should swing.
Articulation: I'm not hearing any accents where they should be or legatos and staccatos where they should be. When you play along with Sonny, don't just copy the notes. Copy everything he is doing - accents, dynamics, swing.
Keep in mind all of the above are what you should aspire to. I wouldn't expect a beginner to nail all of that at this point. You're right where a beginner typically is at this stage. You just need to be aware of what to work on.
I assume you're still taking lessons from Chad and he's already told you all of this. Having more than one teacher can be confusing and counterproductive. So always defer to Chad whenever you're given conflicting information. I'm just telling you what I would tell one of my students, as is he.
As far as the chord progression goes, this is straight up rhythm changes. You should hear the bass playing I-VI-II-V, etc. At this stage, I'd rely on the written changes. Save the harmonic analysis for the future when you're a little bit further along. Right now, I'd expect you to be able to hear, say, a blues progression, not fast, complex changes that have a different chord every two beats.
I admire your enthusiasm, but you're still biting off more than you can chew. Yet another reason to have a teacher to give you the right amount of material at the right level so you can learn at a realistic pace and gain a solid understanding as you go before progressing to the next level. Otherwise you're going to be lost.
To summarize, slow down, focus on the fundamentals.
Yes, clearly rushed in spots and off count, I did hear this too - just ran out of practice hours for the day and didn't want to re-record. Definitely lacking swing on purpose as well, but I'm generally working that as well. Articulations is going to take me awhile to build - and you're correct. I find it harder for me to play the nuanced articulations without having sonny's track playing along - All on the horizon!
It's a lot to work at once, but I don't feel overwhelmed by it, just need to make sure I try to focus on one bit at a time. For me, I'm currently more motivated to work on internalizing these changes and getting a better grasp of what is being played. So my first goal is to really feel like I can hear what's going on in the progression and backing with this one. Chad/Andrew are tracking this - and primarily has stated that most of this will come with time, but there is nothing wrong with focusing on it - so long as I don't let it detract from my practice with his lessons on blues changes, timing, tempo, intonation, and articulation he has me working. I usually spend the last 30 minutes of my practice working on this tune, and the first hour to hour and a half working over my lesson material.
I'm not even moving into the solo, just want to feel like I know whats going on better and can lay out this progression internally just in the head. Once i've got the progression, then I'm going to spend my full sessions matching up in articulation, timing, and feel - hopefully for the better! That'll be my next progress report for those interested! I did find that my tone was very good though - using no reverb/eq on that one. So, I'm at least finding some positive results! As always, all feedback is welcome - and as you said - I love the feedback and constructive comments from everyone, but if I get conflicting info, I'll defer to Chad and Andrew Gould.