TUESDAY, March 2, 2021 – 7:51 AM
Things I’ve Written for Students
Starting this year in 2021 I’m trying to get back to recording. This is about things I’ve written myself and that I teach to my students.
Just a Lonely Night
Mostly written in pentatonic, I wrote this to illustrate a melody with somewhat jazzy sounding inversions of seven chords.
I heard a nice electric guitar improv in Lydian and used part of it as a theme. The middle parts uses an octatonic scale.
Variation on a Theme of Chopin
The chord structure hints at a very famous Chopin E Minor Prelude as I illustrate an example of how to use a harmonic structure to improvise a rolling melody.
I wrote this about a year ago, but I fleshed it out a bit for a more advanced version. It is all about a double harmonic scale, where you start with a major scale and then flat 2 and 6. It’s a scale you won’t here in traditional music until perhaps the time of Debussy or more modern composers.