Try transcribing vocalists first. This is Diana Panton, a great signer, very clear and in tune. Try this first:I've been listening to Naima but I can't get near to playing it yet..
What are some simpler soulful ballads to learn and play? I like this style of playing.
Nice ballad Pete - I can hear so many influences in your style and soundhere's one of mine you might like, I have the sheet music available.
Heh. I'm working on Misty for an audition later this month, and there's times where I'd rather try to transcribe Kim. Ballads can be unforgiving if your tone and intonation aren't right, and they will chew you up and spit you out over all the little inflections and nuances in a way a more technical piece doesn't.Generally speaking, I'd have to say *no* ballads are simple. Even the ones that have "easy" melodies and simpler chords are difficult to play really well. But that shouldn't stop you or me or anyone else from trying. When I was getting started, I really loved to play "Solitude" and "God Bless the Child." They're "easy" as far as the melody and chords go, and playing those tunes slowly was a fun way to practice tone, intonation, and thinking melodically. Come to think of it, I still love playing those tunes, and they're still challenging.