Lesson 147: The Same Melody over a Changing Chord Progression
What's the Idea?
I have had this idea for a long time. I have thought:
Listen to Wayne Shorter's composition Nefertiti as played by Miles Davis' band. In that performance the melody stays the same and the rhythm section improvises around it.
Other Wayne Shorter compositions performed in the same way are
A Strong Melody
Harmonizing the Melody
There are always a lot of possibilities to harmonize a given melody. Check out lesson 109, where I look at different ways to harmonize the melody of Thelonious Monk's Bemsha Swing.
Harmonization Using maj7 Chords
We can for example decide to use maj7 chords exclusively. Let us use the chords Cmaj7, Dbmaj7, Ebmaj7, Fmaj7, Gbmaj7, Abmaj7 and Bbmaj7. Now, let us "splash" chord colors underneath the melody in order to get interesting sounds.
This is one possibility:
This is another possibility:
Now, how could we make it possible to improvise the harmony? It is important to leave it as open and free as possible in order to leave room for improvisation/ interpretation.
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