Get Over the Hump, Session 2

I hope this email finds you doing well and writing lots of great music. As I mentioned in my last email, I just finished a new ebook called, Get Over The Hump, a Songwriters Toolkit and in session two I talk about song form which is fun to experiment with and can make all the difference in creating a great song.

I talk about what I refer to as, symmetrical, and asymmetrical song form and what is called, Through-Composed. I also touch on form used in the Tin-Pan-Alley and jazz eras of the 20s, 30s, and 40s.

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Jazz & R&R Horns session 9

In session 9 we get into open voicing for 5 part voicing and review Drop 2 and Drop 2-4."

I want to thank my new friend Percy Stanbury from Peru who is a fabulous bassist with some very cool YouTube videos of him playing jazz fusion.  Percy has been emailing me some examples of a "Skip" voicing concept.  The opposite of "Drop."  Apparently the group, Tower of Power likes to use this concept.  We'll have to get into this idea at some point. Very cool stuff.

This week I Skyped a call to China with a potential client regarding some arranging work for a girl singer in Beijing. What a trip, talking to the other side of the planet. Was very exciting for me.

I'm anxious to get through the voicing part of this tutorial so we can move onto writing parts for your players and also start getting into some writing concepts.  Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Would love to hear from you.

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