http://www.creativeguitarstudio.com/ Search Andrew Wasson.com for FREE lesson Handouts. This Video: March 18, 2011 | Search Videos by Title/Date. GO TO: http://www.andrewwasson.com/ Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers a viewers question... Q: I've been working on composing smooth jazz music, but I keep having trouble with creating the melodies. The chord changes I'm writing are quite simple but for some reason I just can't get a decent melody to work around the changes. I am starting to think that this is because the chord progressions I'm composing are perhaps too simple, however when I listen to my favorite smooth jazz players their progressions are simple as well. I really liked your lesson on the Chords of "Smooth Jazz" and I hope you'll consider making another video covering this style's melody. - Jerry, Long Beach California A: When you start composing in any style of music, as you compose more - your vocabulary increases, and you begin to find more ways to connect your melodic phrases together. Think of it this way, as you rehearse and study guitar -- you gain practical playing skills, however they are not the same skills found in composing. Writing music takes experience with both tapping into the music you hear in your head, as well as, experience for how phrases and patterns can operate over chord types as you compose and eventually hear everything come together when you record your arrangements. In the video lesson we will take a look at the melody I composed for that intro. piece you heard me play at the outset of the video and hopefully, you'll learn more specifically what happens when melodies interact with harmonies in the smooth jazz style. The complete lesson article for this video will be available on the Creative Guitar Studio website shortly. Follow me on Twitter for lesson posting announcements: http://twitter.com/andrewwasson ____________________________________ The NEW Zazzle Products page: http://www.zazzle.com/creativeguitarstudio/gifts ____________________________________ Andrew's Official Q & A Guitar Blog Website: http://www.andrewwasson.com (the weekly Podcast is posted here) Andrew's "Video GuitarBlog" YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/guitarblogupdate The Creative Guitar Studio Website: http://www.creativeguitarstudio.com/ Follow Andrew on Blogspot: http://creativeguitarstudio.blogspot.com/ Follow on Twitter for new lesson announcements: http://twitter.com/andrewwasson MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/andrewwasson Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrew-Wasson/76585035288 _____________________________________
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