Saturday, 22 February 2014

Ticket 22: Bluesify Your Melody

Most people are familiar with the concept of singing notes from the minor pentatonic scale over major chords in a 12 bar blues, but why not do it over non blues structures too? Make your vocal lines spicier by adding the b3, b5 or b7 to major key melodies. Be bold dahling! (If you're struggling to pitch the b5 you might want to try it over a IV7 chord).

BecauseCome Together (and here), Drive My Car, From Me To YouGet BackGolden Slumbers, Hey Bulldog, Honey PieI'm So TiredOh! DarlingOld Brown ShoeOne After 909She Loves YouThe Long And Winding Road,

You can also hear this in some instrumental sections as well notably Piggies, She Loves You and Yesterday

Also Suffragette City (David Bowie)

See Also

Ticket 13: Make The Vocals Stay On Non-Chord Tones
Ticket 14: Write An In-Key Melody Over Out-Of-Key Chords


The Band Who Lived Outside

See the full list of songwriting tips here - Tickets To Write

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