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 whatlake
melodies and basslines -for beginners...submitted:
2009/01/13 19:04:48
revised:
2009/01/13 19:20:18


As a follow-up to a thread on the AAJ ‘theory and analysis’ forum, I present my first attempt at taking my blues in a ‘slightly jazzy’ direction. As a blues bass player using Finale Print Music to chart out arrangements for walking bass practice, I have finally attempted to add a melody line. But as I mentioned in an earlier thread, when starting out with a basic blues arrangement, and when working with such simple ‘chord-tone melodies’ (the melodic equivalent of “moon, spoon, in june” lyric writing), I can’t imagine that this exact melody line hasn’t been used a hundred times before. My beginner’s goal was to come up with a melody line that ties the “A” and “B” parts together, instead of sounding like two songs squashed together.

As I mentioned in the other thread, I wish that there was a software program that could read my music and reply: “Hey dummy, you just re-wrote ‘Satin Doll’”? But in my case it is more likely that I just re-wrote “how much is that doggy in the window” (why isn’t there a “complete beginner’s” forum to make this less embarrassing?)

As the melody writing is just a hobby, my primary goal will be to learn how to create walking lines that support the melody, instead of just outline the chord shapes. This ‘learning thing’ never ends, does it?

Song in Bb,
part A, 16 bars:
I--- I--- I--- I---
I--- I--- I--- I---
ii--- V--- I--- I---
ii--- V--- I--- I---

part B, 12 bars:
I--- IV--- I--- I---
IV--- IV--- I--- I---
V--- IV--- I--- V---




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