|LITTLE BABY STEPS (2:58)|
|composed by Bob Sutter (Bubnut Music)|
|Bob Sutter||. . . . . piano|
|Bruce Carver||. . . . . tabla|
This song is actually a shortened version of one of several etudes I wrote for myself while studying "Giant Steps". It is basically a preliminary drill of the root movement featured in the first three chords of "Giant Steps", hence the name "Little Baby Steps". I added a complimentary dominant seventh to make it a nice tidy loop for extended practicing. It is really fun to play.
The harmonic drill notwithstanding, this piece was largely inspired by Bach's Goldberg Variation #26. In that remarkable work, Bach maintains a steady pulse in the form of sixteenth-notes which steadily move from one end of the keyboard to the other and back again. This intricate latticework provides a dazzling contrast (and challenge) to the stately harmonic fanfare that is miraculously stated by whatever fingers are left over! It is truly amazing...check it out if you haven't already.