Cherokee is right up there with the blues and rhythm changes in terms of tunes you need to know and be able to play on convincingly. Cherokee can be particularly intimidating because of the tempo that it is normally played at. I’m talking break-neck, 300 miles an hour here. The good news is that everyone you have ever heard play Cherokee at mach speed had to practice it slowly at some point. That’s the first piece of advice in this episode, slow down!
This tune is not all that complicated, especially after talking about Coltrane Changes for the past two weeks! This week we break down what makes Cherokee tick and I show you a certain way of breaking down the ii-V-I’s into something a little less intimidating. Once you get over the initial intimidation, you start to see how beneficial this tune can be for your practice routine. The amount of keys that it covers is astounding and can be a great daily process to get your technique and mind ready for whatever is thrown at you. Enjoy the episode!
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