What is the iRealPro jazz project?
The iRealPro project is a gigantic personal project that has a completion goal in 5-10 years! It involves the Jazz 1300 (new songs added all the time, as of 2018 1300+ songs already) playlist on the iRealPro app. If you don’t know what iRealPro is, it is an app that, as stated by the firm that makes it itself, “offers an easy-to-use tool to help musicians of all levels master their art. Our app simulates a real-sounding band that can accompany you as you practice, and also lets you collect chord charts from your favorite songs for reference.” So basically this means it is an app that has chord sheets of all kinds of songs of all genres. It doesn’t have melodies though, just chords. You can add playlists of different genres or artists from the internet (their forum). This project utilizes the “Jazz 1300” playlist that has 1300+ jazz standards (and not so standards).
If you are interested in the app check it out HERE
So what is the actual goal of the project?
It is essentially to make a spotify playlist (link below), learn, transpose the melodies and chords and record (in different settings) as many of the songs that I can. Since they are so many it will naturally take “ages” to do. But I love to have long term goals in music. I will also use the songs as vessels for my personal practice (I want to practice comping as much as I can, more so than soloing). I have an excel spreadsheet that will help me track my progress with each part of the project. I will try to post my progress on this blog each monthly. I will also maybe post PDFs of the transcriptions for your enjoyment and perhaps even the recording as well (not so much for your enjoyment :D). Lets see how far this can go, shall we?
In short I wan’t to make the following steps:
- Make the complete Spotify Jazz 1300 Playlist (usually in increments of 100)
- Make transcriptions of the songs (if possible in multiple keys)
- Record the songs (if possible in different settings)
This is the progress so far:
Last Update – January 2019
- “Diary” (mostly once a month) of the iRealPro project (Month/Year / # Songs on the Spotify playlist / Melodies recorded / Whole recordings / Transcription+
- 7/2018 – 450 / 0 / 0 / 0
- 8/2018 – 566 / 12 / 0 / 0
- 9/2018 – 810 / 12 / 0 / 0
- 1/2019 – 950 / 12 / 0 / 0
Spotify Jazz 1300 Playlist :
(Spotify allows a maximum of 100 songs for the Spotify Play Button so only 100/1300 are displayed here. For the whole playlist that is up to date click on the link on the Play Button or below the Play Button Playlist)
(c) Sibil Yanev 2018