Remembering Emily with her Ballad for a Music Box.
Emily Remler: 9/18/1957 - 5/4/1990
Enjoy this Emily techniques lesson from a previous article with Pete Callard who focuses his attention on the greatest licks from the giants of the business. This article shines the spotlight on some of her favorite phrases and includes a helpful audio track. For other lessons from Emily and friends, visit the Lessons page.
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Sheryl Bailey dug around in her memories trunk and shares a picking dynamic lesson she received from Emily years ago. Sheryl credits this particular lesson as being one of the studies that has shaped the way she plays guitar the most. She stresses how it improves the control of the accent in the phrase and this is what really helps you develop a strong swing feel. In summary she says that by concentrating more on where the accent is in the phrase - even more than what the note is - that's the thing that gives your playing the push and the drive, and will also help develop a relaxed right hand with that light "bounce" (how the pick hits the string) you need to play uptempo or double-time phrases. Thanks to Sheryl for sharing another pearl of wisdom from Emily's private lessons. Click the PDF icon to view Emily's original handwritten lesson and Sheryl's printed version.
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Wolfgang Kulawik joins our team and will offer his transcription expertise on some of Emily’s most cherished songs, especially from her Unpublished library. Visit Wolf Studio for his latest postings.
Offerings so far include: Pocket Wes Carenia Tenor Madness Snowfall Bb Blues
The New England Jazz Society has archived a live performance featuring Emily at the Worcester Jazz Festival from 1985 and highlights some of her most intimate solo playing ever captured on audio. Revel in familiar and first ever songs alike.
The set list is not provided so refer to the index below Track 1: Folk Song ~ TrinityTrack 2: Afro Blue ~ E Samba ~ Manha De Carnaval ~ How Insensitive Track 3: Mocha Spice ~ Pedals ~ Moanin Track 4: A Blues Track 5: Fried Pies (guitar and bass duo) Track 6: A Taste Of Honey ~ Eleanor Rigby ~ D Natural Blues Track 7: Watch What Happens (guitar/bass duo) Track 8: Polka Dots and Moonbeams ~ Cisco Track 9: Autumn Leaves (duo with Jane Miller) Track 10: Blue Bossa (duo with Jane Miller) Track 11: Summertime
For any fan of real books, these real notes from Emily will spark a new interest in an old song.
Visit our newest page for access to a treasure chest of handwritten song roadmaps and chord progressions for many of your favorite Emily compositions and jazz standards.
Courtesy of Emily’s fellow friend and colleague, Kelly Roberti.
Through Watch and Learn Inc, Guy Fenocchi breaks down the techniques and methods that make this blues song swing so sweetly. You receive a 16 minute instruction video, tab and notation pdf and a background track to practice with. It's a bargain for one of her most requested songs.
You won’t find a better or more complete way to learn this classic Wes Montgomery song, a favorite of Emily's which she famously played in Bb. Click the 'Read More' button to check out a free preview from the lesson video.
The Open Mic page is a showcase for both casual and professional players alike.
It's a place for musicians to share both personal and public performances of Emily songs or tributes. Simply email your Youtube link or MP3 file by using the contact page and it will be posted to share with our loyal listeners.
It doesn’t have to be one of Emily’s original compositions but please limit it to the songs and composers she recorded. Don’t be shy, anything of or for Emily is the most honored she could be.
Musician and transcriber, Rob Strait shares some of Emily's compositions that you will find now where else in sets of very accurate and detailed transcriptions. Visit Strait's Corner for his latest postings.
Ballad For A Music Box Blues For Herb Waltz For My Grandfather Select jazz standards
Places around the web that offer interesting stories, photos and music for further Emily research and enjoyment.