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).

Come Together (and here)
Drive My Car
From Me To You
Get Back
Golden Slumbers
Hey Bulldog
Honey Pie
I'm So Tired
Oh! Darling
Old Brown Shoe
One After 909
She Loves You
The 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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  1. Terminal Heaven's Rock (the pillows)
    Ride on shooting star (the pillows)
    Babylon Tenshi No Uta (the pillows)
    Sono Mirai Wa Ima (the pillows)
    Walkin' On The Spiral (the pillows)

  2. (Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister (The Stone Roses)

  3. Everytime You Go Away ( Hall & Oates)

  4. Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell)
    Shivering Sand (Mega City Four)
    Band on The Run (Wings)

  5. Life Is A Highway (Tom Cochrane)

  6. Some Kind Of Wonderful (Grand Funk Railroad)
    Funky Town (Lipps Inc.)

  7. Dancing On My Own (Calum Scott)
    You're The One That I Want (John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John)
    Leave It All To Me (Theme from iCarly) (Miranda Cosgrove, Drake Bell)

  8. Philadelphia Freedom (Elton John)

  9. Whole Lotta Woman (Compulsive Gamblers)

  10. What a Girl Wants (Christina Aguilera)

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  12. Freeway Of Love (Aretha Franklin)