Lesson 131: Composition Using an Interval
Example 1: Dexter by Rolfe Kent
The melody of Dexter by Rolfe Kent is based on the interval of a perfect fifth upwards. It starts with e - b, it is then sequenced becoming f - c and g - d.
Example 2: From Shifting Gears by Lalo Shifrin
The ultimate "suspense chord" from Shifting Gears by Lalo Shifrin is based on the interval of a minor sixth upwards. It starts with a minor sixth d - bb, then separated by a minor third it continues with another minor sixth c# - a.
Note that the intervals d - c# and bb - a are major sevenths. If we analyze the result as a Gm chord, the chord degrees are 5 - 3 - #11 - 9, so we could call it a Gmadd9#11.
Some More Examples of Tunes Based on an Interval
Listen to the following tunes:
Untitled, Too - a Composition by Me
A composition of mine based on perfect fourths downwards is called Untitled, Too. You can check out the lead sheet here. In the A section the perfect fourths downwards a - e - b are sequenced becoming g - d - a, f - c - g, d - a - e and finally c - g - d. The very last chord is a triad bb - f - d, which offers some kind of rest or resolution.
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