Welcome to the website of belgian guitarist, musical producer and event designer Laurent Melnyk .

Here you ll find about music, guitar, finger-drumming, improvisation,  jazz, concerts, music events and venues, jazz news, free content and more .

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NEW GUITAR / ESP LTD MH417

" I've found a new baby " , the ESP LTD MH417 ! 

A massive black satin finished 7 strings guitar including neck-thru-body design, Grover tuners, a mahogany body , and a fast 3 pc. maple neck with 24-fret pau ferro fingerboard . Wider register  , more basses (off course) and precise as a moth..rf..cker  !

Taking advantage of the extended 7-string range, the MH-417 employs EMG 81-7/707 active pickups . An excellent "jazz guitar"also .

Fast modern-type neck  and super great on that instrument . It's so precise that i can work on micro details and hear everything clearly and also can deliver in both modern AND more traditional genres of music . 

More infos here : https://www.espguitars.com/products/9738-mh-417-blks 

Here a 7-strings guitar fusion video where i improvise on a new groove of mine  . 

 

You like this music ? Here is the video where i record the drums of this track here.

RAVI COLTRANE QUARTET JAZZ FESTIVAL VIERSEN 2005

 

Ravi Coltrane is the son of saxophonist John Coltrane and jazz harpist Alice Coltrane. He is the second of three children; the others were John Jr. and Oran .

 

This is a saxophonist that I realy like as much as Steve Coleman . The video is a live of The Ravi Coltrane 's quartet with bassist Drew Gress , and pianist Luis Perdomo and Ej Strickland on drums  .


The first tune is "Between Lines" . My prefered of the whole album  "MAD 6" (with Steve Hass on drums ) .
The original version : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGxZVf-h8oA
Also If you like modern jazz like this  i recommand  you the tune " In The Crease " from Brandford Marsalis quartet : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_X_1r1PojY.

FINGER DRUMMING & AKAI MPD 26

When i compose / produce tracks  , i  often play the drums using the AKAI MPD26 multi pads . For example in the album "Fake Social Abuse" .

I have done a close up video for you to see it "in action". Enjoy !
 

Wanna take lessons and start learning ? Learn finger drumming , composing , beat making or drum programming? Please send me a message here

HERBIE HANCOCK, BUSTER WILLIAMS & ROBERT GLASPER 

In this one Herbie Hancock tells a ( or maybe the ) story about the recording of "Toys" music video  ? This video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U473H4HVF40
Also pointing to the link between buddhism and the freshness of the ideas of Buster William's and his approach
of the double bass .

Another one at Robert Glasper's Jam session !! Herbie , Thundercat and Ronald Bruner . Total positivity and fantatstic musical interactions ! Note the first phrase/lick  opening of Herbie's solo  ...

COGNITIVE DISSONANCE 

There is a new song on my solo quarantaine album as " Phoenix Lee " https://lm3jazz.bandcamp.com/album/fake-social-abuse

"In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance occurs when a person holds contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values, and is typically experienced as psychological stress when they participate in an action that goes against one or more of them..." Facinating concept !

Want to know more ? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance

"CHORD-MELODY PHRASES FOR GUITAR" BY RON ESCHETE & TRANSPOSING 

Here is a very good book about the "chord-melody" technique from jazz guitarist Ron Escheté which is usualy an arrangement of a song that includes both the melody and the harmony (chords) simultaneously. Chord melodies are often used in formats where guitar is the sole harmonic instrument like solo guitar and guitar trio (guitar, bass and drums) .

In this video i m improvising with ideas of the book that i've learned trough the transposition process .

Transposing means you are playing/declining the same musical idea/material in different keys. Sometimes you will use it due to vocal register's limits with singers but there is more to it  when you use transposition for practicing purposes and include it in your dailly routine.

 

In other terms : You ll   use a phrase/lick  that you have learned in a tune and play it in other tunes/musical environments by transposing it as long as the changes are the same when you analyze it.

Because it will also forces you to analyze what is played on the initial key in term of musical theory. 

Even improvised with them in band . It also helps a lot for composing . So if , like me , you've heard it everywhere that s because it s true! It takes A LOT of time but it's realy  make the difference .
Here i'm improvising with some Ron's ideas without hopefully not slaughtering them too much .
Find the book here :
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chord-Melody-Phrases-Features-Helpful-Lessons/dp/0634029657/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&qid=1596526228&refinements=p_27%3ARon+Eschete&s=books&

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Ron's cool website : http://www.roneschete.com/index.html

R.I.P STEVE GROSSMAN & PETER KING 

Thanks to both Peter King AND Steve Grossman for your music , dedication and the inspiration you gave to the world of jazz . 
True Coltrane's heritage .

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_King_(saxophonist)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Grossman_(saxophonist)

Life is short and goes by fast , let's make the most out of it !

WARM UPS AND STRETCHING  & POLYMETERS FINGER DRUMMING EXERCICE

This is an exercice in 5/4 with the focus on the bass drum/kick velocity management. 

It's quite hard and technique for the left hand so before hitting the pads i have to stretch and warm up .

I recommand full body stretching at least once everyday as it warms up to whole body . So you start with full body stretching (5 to 30 minutes) before touching the instrument .

At first it's easy to get injured (and off course even more if there is no warm up or stretching).

A big part of the problem is also due to the fact that the pads are getting hitted too hard !

Now i tend to always prioritize stretching and warm ups meaning stretching multiple times a day and before practicing . I know it sounds like not fun but it's worth it when you realise you dont get injured anymore !  
 

Here is a rythm exercice : play 4 times a 5/4 musical phrase and count it in 5/4 while you play the 5/4 phrase .

In the video the metronome is in 4/4 . Now count 5 measures of 4/4 instead of 4 of 5/4  .

You now also have 5 different 4/4 phrases right ? 

The next steps is to practice each one of those 6 phrases ( the initial one in 5/4 and the five derivated ones in 4/4 ( which can be also viewed as 4/4 variations of a 5/4 line .

Thats practicing rythm , composition and polymetric superimposition.

Again here i'm using is the AKAI MPD 26 multipads ( https://www.akaipro.com/mpd26

and i have to mention that  pads being robusts , "You better hit it strong Boy ! Otherwise you won't hear sh#t ! " 

HAL GALPER : "WHAT TO PRACTICE ? WHAT IS PRACTICING ?"

Discovered Hal Galper first with his book " Forward Motion " which is a corrective approach to jazz phrasing .  Hal is such an intelligent teacher that i have never enough of his wisdom and view about practicing and learning  .
You will find the preface and also some explanations on his website  :https://www.halgalper.com/fmpreface/
https://www.halgalper.com/articles/understandingforwardmotion/
You will find the book here :
https://www.shermusic.com/1883217415.php


To me the golden nugget of  the video is  :
"Art is supposed to teach you something about yourself that you didn't know before. "

All of this make me wanna keep learning everyday and practice ! Hope you too .  

LEARNING SCALES AND MODES IN POSITIONS

Here we have an excerpt of a "scale in position "exercice . Here are the 4 first modes of the major scale Four first modes of Db Major . At the end i play the chords for better harmonic contextualisation and grasping .

You like exercices like this ? Want to take a private lesson? contact me here

ADAM ROGERS & DAVID BINNEY GOING BEAST MODE ON INNER URGE 

Do you know Adam Rogers ?  A native New Yorker, Adam Rogers has been the guitarist of choice for an array of the some of the greatest names and in jazz, pop and world music: Michael Brecker, Joe Jackson, Cassandra Wilson, Walter Becker, Chris Potter, John Zorn, The Gil Evans Orchestra, The Mingus Orchestra, Norah Jones, Paul Simon, John Patitucci, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, George Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, Brian Blade, Kenny Barron, Marcus Miller, Regina Carter, Phillip Bailey, Christian Mcbride and Billy Childs to name just a few.

His website : https://www.adamrogersmusic.com/

Here are two videos .
The first is from a live  @55 bar in NY with David Binney

2 HOURS+ ADAM ROGERS INTERVIEW

And this second video is an 2+ hours interview conducted by Craig Garber from "EveryoneLovesGuitars"
Audio/pod: https://www.everyonelovesguitar.com/2020/07/24/adam-rogers-interview/

ROBERT GLASPER : J DILLA Tribute | BOILER ROOM / NYC

This is one of the concerts Robert Glasper played in reverence to the great J Dilla ( producer and hip hop  artist ) . The singer is " T3"  from the band " Slum Village ". . Hottest tune is " Hold Tight " . Go directly to the tune  :  https://youtu.be/ph6pm76Xfng?t=2536

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