Maybe I should change the title to "Chart of the MONTH"!!
Last year I got involved in a Classic YES cover band, which concentrated solely on Bill Bruford era YES. I've charted out 6 songs so far, so I thought I'd put one up for you all to work on too.
"Roundabout" was the first big YES single in 1972. It features all of the Bruford traits that we love: the rim shots, the odd phrasing, and the clean and clever fills.
To hear the song, watch this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS_vJ1W7uKw
*Watch the changing meters throughout the song, as the meters switches for 4/4 to 6/4 and back. The best thing to do is to sing the melody in those spots to keep yourself in the right place.
*In the "samba" section on page 3, I did not write out every note that Bruford plays. This section is heavy with overdubs, with shakers, cowbells and timbales over the drum set. I chose to write a pattern that matches the subdivisions of the music (3+3+2+3+3+2) in 16th Notes, which follows the bass line. Listen to the track if you want to play the fills in the same spots and Bruford did.
The form of that section is clearly marked out in 8 bar and 4 bar phrases.
* The Choruses and Solo Sections make for great reading exercises. I was surprised to notice that Bruford does not follow a set accent pattern during those sections. It's more like he plays "around" the accents set up by the bass, but never falls into one of his own. That's his jazz attitude coming out.