Example 6 Joe Pass Jazz Style Chord melody
Example 6 takes the idea of re-harmonisation to the next level. We can change the harmonic context of the melody from Dorian to Mixolyian mode by simply changing the chords we use for the accompaniment. For this jazz style arrangement in 3/4 we are going to use G7 as the first chord with the melody starting on the 5th of the chord. It is fun and stylistically appropriate to harmonise the melody using some functional harmony ( V- I cadences). Bars 5- 8 have been harmonised using a I-Vm-VI7- IIm-V7 chord progression in G. These are G (I), Em7 ( VIm), Am7 (IIM) and D7 V7). To strengthen the sound the Em7 is changed to E7#9 and the D7 is changed to D7#9. This provides two V- I cadences (E7-Am, D7- G). In bars 10-12 the melody has been harmonised using 4ths (quartal harmony) Quartal harmony sounds expensive and spacious. Bar 15 and 16 use open voiced triads and to add some movement the 5th interval is alternated with the 4th. The Ab major 7#11 chord in bar 22 is chromatic and smooths the transition between Am7 and G7. This is a tricky arrangement but persevere and it will sound impressive!