BOTM Nov 2018 - Nature Boy

Nick Wyver

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Hi all. I've been collared to provide this month's ballad. I've chosen Nature Boy - a tune that I've found interesting for a long time but I've never got round to playing. There are many different versions out there but here's just a couple of contrasting ones:




Dots and a couple of different backing tracks (kindly supplied by nigeld) can be found here.

I hope you enjoy having a bash at this. With a bit of luck I'll have a go sometime.
 

nigeld

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Clearly the song is played in 3/4 and 4/4 versions.
Nat King Cole, who popularised it the year after it was written does it in 3/4 so I guess that is the original version.
 

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I know this is a bit "outside of the box" but the arrangement of this song by The Singer's Unlimited incorporating Gene Puerling's harmonic "genius" gives a different "feel" and "meaning" to this song that I wanted to share. Enjoy.
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MikeMorrell

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What a great choice, @Nick Wyver! I've heard this tune (very long) in the distant past but I'd never realized that there were so many excellent and but different versions. It's a wonderful tune and I've really enjoyed listening to all the versions.

For me, 'Nat King Cole' was just a vocalist who's name I'd heard of. The video showed me just how good a musician he was (and his trio were)..
Thanks also to @nigeld, @trimmy, @jbtsax and @rhysonsax for their additional posts. I loved each and every one of these interpretations.

Practicing, playing and administering in 2 bands (with 1 more on the side) in combination with other hobbies usually means that - however much I'd like to contribute to BOTM - I usually don't get around to recording. This tune intrigues me so I'll try to make time for it,.
 

Keep Blowing

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Hi all. I've been collared to provide this month's ballad. I've chosen Nature Boy - a tune that I've found interesting for a long time but I've never got round to playing. There are many different versions out there but here's just a couple of contrasting ones:




Dots and a couple of different backing tracks (kindly supplied by nigeld) can be found here.

I hope you enjoy having a bash at this. With a bit of luck I'll have a go sometime.
great choice! I have followed the link to print out the sheet music but it says it is unprintable, I presume I am doing something wrong, any ideas please.
 

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Following on in @Colin the Bear 's footsteps, I had a play around with Reaper DAW and a downloaded backing track based on the Ella, Joe Pass version. The download had quite a long guitar intro, so I've spliced it up, put a bit of a guitar solo in the middles, doubled up the verses and interlaced some singing with a bit of Sax stuff It was only after I recorded the vocal bits that I discovered that it was in a different key to the song sheets! Had to have a rethink and relearn! Great bit of transcribing practice. Great fun!

https://soundcloud.com/user-380338591%2Fnature-boy View: https://soundcloud.com/user-380338591/nature-boy
 
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