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Notes in Jan Hammer's 'Crockett's Theme'
Old 23rd October 2013
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Notes in Jan Hammer's 'Crockett's Theme'

This has been on my mind for awhile but I never got around to asking it. In 'Crockett's Theme,' during the lead with the bell-type synth, there is a sequence of notes that Hammer plays very quickly. My question is, is there a proper name for this type of technique in which notes are played in quick succession? I've heard this used in a few of his songs. Seems to be a signature of his.

Jan Hammer - Crockett's Theme (Miami Vice) - YouTube
Old 23rd October 2013
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You mean where he plays a G and A in quick succession?

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Appoggiatura, an ornament (trill), grace note.

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It can be argued that the technique is more or less like a Hammer-on. Especially if you're playing a monosynth with the note-sealing algorithm set up to prioritize the highest note. Let's call it a virtual hammer-on, if you like

But yes, Appoggiatura (or Acciaccatura) is also a fitting description.
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You mean where he plays a G and A in quick succession?

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No, I don't believe this is a glissando.
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It can be argued that the technique is more or less like a Hammer-on. Especially if you're playing a monosynth with the note-sealing algorithm set up to prioritize the highest note. Let's call it a virtual hammer-on, if you like

But yes, Appoggiatura (or Acciaccatura) is also a fitting description.
Another example.

Jan Hammer - Tubbs and Valerie - YouTube
Old 24th October 2013
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Yup, grace notes.

"A grace note is a note that you play just slightly before a real note — your finger just grazes the grace note before playing the real note."

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Or just quick playing in staccato in the case of the Tubbs and Valerie song. More a playing technique than sound design or anything like that.
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This has been on my mind for awhile but I never got around to asking it. In 'Crockett's Theme,' during the lead with the bell-type synth, there is a sequence of notes that Hammer plays very quickly. My question is, is there a proper name for this type of technique in which notes are played in quick succession? I've heard this used in a few of his songs. Seems to be a signature of his.

Jan Hammer - Crockett's Theme (Miami Vice) - YouTube
in fact, I remember in interview with him, where he explained where he got this line from: Steinberg Cubase Atari 1.0 IPS (Intelligent Phrase Synthesizer)

the line is according to Jan Hammer generated by this amazing piece of software (that was abandoned by Steinberg from VST32 on, sadly, because I too loved this thing. this thing is the reason for me having an Atari emulation with Cubase 2.0 running on my PC).

if you are interested: Cubase 2.0 Atari is freeware since years, and the emulator is STEEM. to get it up and running you have to download a TOS (Atari Operating System) for Atari (M)ST(e) and mount this into STEEM. I recommend TOS 2.06, but in fact, it doesnt matter, except that TOS < 1.04 doesnt work that properly sometimes.
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Like a boss.
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You've already gotten the serious answers. Here's my not so serious answer:

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...is there a proper name for this type of technique in which notes are played in quick succession?

Yes. It's called SHREDDING!



And if you want the real thing:



And before I get ripped for not having synth shredders...do we really need a Jordan Rudess video?

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in fact, I remember in interview with him, where he explained where he got this line from: Steinberg Cubase Atari 1.0 IPS (Intelligent Phrase Synthesizer)

the line is according to Jan Hammer generated by this amazing piece of software (that was abandoned by Steinberg from VST32 on, sadly, because I too loved this thing. this thing is the reason for me having an Atari emulation with Cubase 2.0 running on my PC).

if you are interested: Cubase 2.0 Atari is freeware since years, and the emulator is STEEM. to get it up and running you have to download a TOS (Atari Operating System) for Atari (M)ST(e) and mount this into STEEM. I recommend TOS 2.06, but in fact, it doesnt matter, except that TOS < 1.04 doesnt work that properly sometimes.
Hmm... interesting. Can you link me to the interview? It's hard to believe someone of his extensive musical background and skill would use something like that.
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You've already gotten the serious answers. Here's my not so serious answer:




Yes. It's called SHREDDING!



And if you want the real thing:



And before I get ripped for not having synth shredders...do we really need a Jordan Rudess video?

Meh
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Like a boss.
Another favorite of mine. Hammer is so underrated.

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Yup, grace notes.

"A grace note is a note that you play just slightly before a real note — your finger just grazes the grace note before playing the real note."

Playing Grace Notes, Trills, and Glissandos on the Piano - For Dummies

Or just quick playing in staccato in the case of the Tubbs and Valerie song. More a playing technique than sound design or anything like that.
Interesting.. thanks for the clarification.
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