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Lesson 141: Composition Using Chord Tones

Example: Bluezo by Hal Crook

Bluezo by Hal Crook is a very strong blues head. I have written out below the melody what degree each of the tones of the melody is. As you can see, the melody of Bluezo is almost chord tones exclusively and that is part of what makes it so strong.

Example 2: Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton by Gunnar Svensson

Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton by Gunnar Svensson has a very beautiful melody. The melody of Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton is made up of arpeggiated chords with a lot of higher degrees - 7ths, 9ths, 11ths and 13ths - and that is what makes it so strong.

Some Other Examples of Melodies Consisting Mainly of Chord Tones

Listen to the following tunes:

  • Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini
  • Cat Boulevard by Pekka Pohjola
  • Här kommer Pippi Långstrump by Jan Johansson
  • Ideofunk by John Scofield
  • In the Mood by Glenn Miller
  • La Cucaracha ( traditional)
  • Oxygéne Part IV by Jean Michel Jarre
  • Rhythm-a-Ning by Thelonious Monk
  • The Simpsons Theme by Danny Elfman
  • A Swingin' Safari by Bert Kaempfert
  • Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock

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