How do you make a melody for jazz?
Make it Jazzy
- Play 7th Chords.
- Extend the chords (play 9th and 13th chords)
- Alter the chords.
- Add Passing Chords.
- Choose appropriate Jazz Chord Voicings.
- Embellish the melody (add in a little improvisation and a few ornamentals)
- Reharmonization (see below)
What is the melody called in jazz?
During the first chorus, the written (composed) melody is played; this melody is called the head. Then, on each subsequent chorus, each jazz musician in turn improvises a solo. The solo can last for one chorus, two choruses, three, four — as many as the soloist wants (within reason!).
What makes a good jazz melody?
A great melody can stand as its own musical statement, exhibiting contour, harmonic color, and outlining the movement of the chord progression. The same should be true of your solos. Before we jump in and take a closer look at the tune, let’s take a look at the chord progression by itself.
What is form in jazz music?
In a jazz performance, the form of a tune, i.e., all the chords of the tune in a predetermined sequence (such as AAB, AABA, ABAC, etc.), will be repeated over and over; each time through is called a chorus.
What is improvise in jazz called?
Scat-singing is a common technique employed by jazz singers, in which they improvise melodic lines over the chord changes to form a vocal solo, much like horn players. Scat lines are usually wordless, instead using syllables to create articulation and rhythmic flow.
How can I write jazz?
Let’s recap the steps involved in writing or creating some jazz music:
- Start with a 2-5-1 chord progression, a solid foundation to build on.
- Add jazzy 7th, 9th, 11th or 13th chords.
- Configure chords so they fit nicely among your fingers.
- Use chord notes to improvise a simple melody.
- Add rhythmic variety to the chords.