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:
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