Sim­ple melody

Ex­AM­PlES 1A-1C

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY: JAZZ -

eX­Am­pLe 1A moD­i­fy­ing A mo­Tif: We be­gin with a sim­ple four-note mo­tif with noth­ing fancy from ei­ther a tech­nique or rhyth­mic per­spec­tive. The im­por­tant as­pects here are the choice of notes, zon­ing in on spe­cific im­por­tant chord tones and how these notes might be ma­nip­u­lated to ad­dress some of the main chord types found in jazz: Ma­jor 7 (R-3-5-7), Dom­i­nant 7 (R-3-5-b7), Mi­nor 7 (R-b3-5-b7) and Mi­nor 7b5 (R-b3-b5-b7). eX­Am­pLe 1b mov­ing A mo­Tif Through ChAnges: This ex­am­ple shows us how a lit­tle can go a long way, with es­sen­tially the ex­act same three-note idea, al­beit with the oc­ca­sional rhyth­mic twist along the way, trans­posed through a cyclic se­quence of Ma­jor 7 chords. eX­Am­pLe 1C Con­neCT­ing 3rDs & 7Ths: If un­der­stand­ing verbs is the back­bone of a lan­guage, then the un­der­stand­ing how 3rds and 7ths re­solve is the back­bone of jazz har­mony. This swing­ing ex­am­ple based around the open­ing four bars to a jazz blues in Bb demon­strates how the 7th of Bb (Ab) drops down a semi­tone to the 3rd of Eb (G) and how this pat­tern of 3rd to 7th and 7th to 3rd con­tin­ues to evolve over the en­su­ing bars.

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