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Jazzing Up A Simple Tune

Jeff Brent (2731) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3

Jazzing up a simple tune



The best way I've found to "Jazz up" a simple tune is to write the song backwards.

In other words, I decide where I want to end up and
then use the circle of 4ths (with tritone substitutions) to go back as far as I can
while still (mostly) preserving the melody.

You'll see that the following harmonization (in G)
of the last part of "Amazing Grace" uses the principles described above.


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