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fleshing out a new tune...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by envika, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. envika


    Nov 27, 2007
    Bronx, NY
    so on the train ride home from school today this little thing popped into my head. when i got home i promptly figured it out on my ancient, out-of-tune-by-more-than-a-half-step upright piano and made a recording. my jazz band teacher said today that if anyone in the ensemble was working on their own stuff, he would like to hear it. obviously i can't come in with just this melody (in F major, on one of the most standard possible chord progressions, with no bridge as of now), but i want feedback on it to see if it's even worth pursuing.

    i'm very uncomfortable at piano so this recording is about 40-50 bpm slower than i want it at in real life.


    i thought beginning with (or even soloing on!) a vamp of Fmaj7 and Faug would be kind of cool, but i didn't record that part.

    also if it sounds very, very similar to any other songs you know, point it out. i don't want to be thought of as a plagiarist.
  2. envika


    Nov 27, 2007
    Bronx, NY
    bump...i'm curious
  3. envika


    Nov 27, 2007
    Bronx, NY
  4. David1234


    Jun 1, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: SWR Amplifiers
    I can hear this as the A section of an AABA head, like a "rhythm changes"

    For the B section, (just as an idea or starting point) consider turning your A melody upside down, so it starts by descending, and obviously moving it to whatever key area that you settle on for that part. If you use rythm changes as a template this'd be an A key (A7, D-7, G7, C7 each for 2 bars).

    Anyway, even if you don't change it, this is a nice little melody and I'm not surprised it got stuck in your head!

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