Good idea writing over chord changes. If one needs a new tune write over some existing chord changes. Good lesson. Thanks David.
It also allows you a starting point to change the changes as you develop the melody. Once you have a starting point, then do a chord change makeover by adding some sus chords, altered dominants, etc. As you write the arrangement, lines you come up with will also provide an opportunity to add more chord changes as well.
Thank you, Jim. Murray: Yes, that is ultimately what you want to do, just use the tune as a starting point.
There will always be opportunities to alter the changes, especially when you get a melody going. I definitely see the value as a springboard to new and creative ideas. Thanks for your input! Best, Lloyd. Its the melody that is the most important anyway, and this technique is kind of a jump start to get something going. Its easy to sit and stare at a piece of paper without writing a note.
Valuable information. I bookmarked it. You must be logged in to post a comment. Here are the steps I took to write the original swing tune over Bemsha Swing changes… 1 First thing I did was choose the tune and key to write the new tune. Real interesting way to intuitively find new melodies! Like that! Good luck Jim!
John A. Thanks Jim for that. Any news re: a tune writing course? Hi Jim, I just registered today. I enjoyed your video and want to give it a try.
Frank Pratte. Okay, this is actually a TRIO, not a duet. Here is Part 1, using fancy fingering. I do have a duet, which splits this part into two hands, but I haven't got it up on the website yet. Also known as the Christmas song "What Child is This," Greensleeves is one of the loveliest melodies of all time.
Happy Birthday. Hungarian Dance. I'm a Pirate.
This song about pirates is 2 pages long, with lyrics that may seem obvious but are little-boy approved! Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. A very easy Christmas carol, with very sweet words. I loved this song when I was a child. Little Man Who Wasn't There. Spanish Ladies. More arrangements, for solo piano and for guitar, are also available on the Spanish Ladies page.
Star of the County Down. For me, too!
I always love starting another young pianist on this piece. Take Me Out to the Ballgame. There is a secondo as well, with an OOM-pah-pah sound that makes it swing! Toccata from L'Orfeo. This arrangement sounds very cool with trumpet and other brass sounds for the keyboard selections.
The Chicken - Pee Wee Ellis. It is sometimes presented e. Retrieved 2 May The date in parenthesis is the date of publication. Emmet V - Sweet violets.
VERY tricky rhythm patterns, but in a group, getting those rhythms going is part of the fun! Valse Noble, Schubert.
Because this is in the key of C, this lovely duet might be doable for students beginning that journey. Wabash Cannonball. Really fun lyrics, and a secondo that uses energetic boogie chords, sets this song about a train apart.
Waltzing Matilda. The words are a bit whacky to a non-native, but that makes the song even more fun. Read More. Comments or Questions: I was just reading about autism and music. I am recovering from a subarachnoid hemmorhage bleeding in the brain that ended up. Make that simple music FUN!
The Adventures of Tonsta. A perfect read aloud storybook for little boys or girls. The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble. With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.