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Discussion in 'Music Theory [DB]' started by Samie, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. Samie


    Dec 13, 2000
    Madrid, Spain

    I am trying to take regular pop songs and give them a jazz chordal arrangement. Is there any info or hints that can aide me out?

  2. aaguudis


    Apr 3, 2001
    not sure if you mean arranging as in voicing chords for a big band type deal or just making basic jazz reharmonizations to simple pop tunes.

    I cant help you much with the former (well the latter either for that matter). but for making jazz harmonizations a pop tunes a good tune to look at would be "Blues for Alice." Bird basically just took the target chord (IV, V, whatever) and worked backwards with ii-V progressions.

    You can take this idea and use it on the pop tunes. Mix in a few tritone substitutions as well and the changes will be pretty different.
  3. Savino


    Jun 2, 2004
    Always let the melody be your guide, then the bass note, then fill the other colors in.
  4. Samie


    Dec 13, 2000
    Madrid, Spain
    Thanx, its a good Idea.

    Thanks also for the fanzy term jazz rehamonization, with the help of o'mighty google I found this page, and a couple of interesting books.

  5. Fred W

    Fred W

    Feb 21, 2002
    Bronx, NY
    I would suggest studying the complete works of Steely Dan.