Shifting Sands

from Cello Noodles, Vol. II by Betsy Tinney

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The seed for this noodle was planted during a recent improv session with friends. We were talking about why we find it easier to improvise freely with melody instruments, such as a cello, violin, or clarinet, than with "chordal" instruments such as guitar, piano, ukelele, etc. The reason is that a single note - for example, a G - can suggest (and work well with) many different chords, whereas if you play a G minor chord, it immediately reduces your options re individual notes. With that thought in mind, I decided to start out with a single repeating bassline, and then see what different chords and melodies would emerge when improvising over it.

I named the resulting noodle "Shifting Sands" because the underlying bassline feels a bit like the ceaseless rhythm of gentle waves on a beach, with the melody/harmony being the subtle and constantly changing shape of the sands under the sculpting fingers of the waves.


from Cello Noodles, Vol. II, released March 3, 2016
cello: Betsy Tinney


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