Maiden Voyage (composition)

Herbie Hancock’s favourite own composition – at least when asked in an interview in 2011 – is Maiden Voyage, from 1965. You can also read about it on Wikipedia, read an archived album review from, or watch part of that interview here:

Herbie Hancock

And that rhythm and those four suspended chords are well worth studying. It’s one of the greatest jazz albums I know, so listen to just that composition (with Herbie Hancock (p), Freddie Hubbard (tr), George Coleman (ts), Ron Carter (b), and Tony Williams (dr)) here:

Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage

Wonderful. Thanks for listening.

The makers of my upright bass

The webpage of Christopher basses in Germany has a changed address – you can now leave away the “en” for an English description, so it’s simply for now…

I have the DB202T Gamba model which now seems to be their base (cheapest) model:

Christopher DB202T

As I’ve learnt when I once asked, the “T” in the name stands for the size of 3/4. So now I’ve also updated the link in my Wikiloops gallery.

As always, thanks for reading.

Chicken Thief

What a lovely song in a Jazz Manouche style from Frankie and from Thierry – couldn’t resist to add a little bottom end to it:

This track is embedded with the friendly permission by the creatives on

As always, thanks to my friends and to Wikiloops for all the fun, and thanks to you for listening 🙂

Oh, and for this one I used foam again, close to my instrument’s bridge:

Foam for a “Chicken Thief“, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2022

Thanks for viewing.

Music theory made easy

Lately in Wikiloops, I stumbled upon a song made by a guitar player, then someone played harp over it, and a guitar, this time soloing, again. And the musician who played the harp complimented the soloist on using the phrygian mode which got my head spinning a bit…

Well phrygian is simply said the 3rd if you start thinking from ionian – so if you take all the white keys on a keyboard, with C major being the ionian mode, you start the same keys (only those white ones, remember?) on the 3rd note which is e, and you’ll have phrygian. So C major played from e to e’ (the octave above) would be E phrygian. Easy, no?

Well yes and no – how to improvise over this? On a guitar, think minor pentatonic plus two notes, the minor second and the minor 6th, and you’re there. Here’s a nice tutorial about that from David Wallimann:

How To Use The Phrygian Mode – Playing With Modes #6

I like this example – he’s using G phrygian – because he also shows how this is simply G# lydian if you start playing that same scale from the second note which is G# or Ab. You could also think Eb ionian (or simply said, Eb major) if you’re more familiar with that. Ron Clemens commented: “I like the sound of that relative Lydian arpeggio (AbM7) in the (G) Phrygian context – sounds Zappa-ish.” – and I have to agree, that was a nice one 🙂

That’s a cool lesson I think, it opens up all the possibilities you’ll have when starting to think that way – and it sounds great, like all of these modes do.

So thanks to David for a nice and understandable and enjoyable tutorial, and thanks to you for reading and viewing, as always.