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Jazzy Jingle Bells
In this festive favourite we expand our knowledge of left hand chords and begin to incorporate some improvisation techniques into our final arrangement.
The Sheet Music:
Dotted crotchet rhythms and various major, minor and dominant 7th chords add spice and a jazzy flavour to this festive Christmas Carol.
Our new chords, major 7th chords, can appear in written music in a number of ways. For example a C major 7th chord could be written as - CMaj7, Cmaj7, CMa7, Cma7, C∆ or C∆7
To play major 7th chords in our left hand we need to include the major 7th note which is found one semitone, or one step below, the root chord note. This means that for a CM7 chord, we need to add in a B.
The following are the style and settings choices that I used in the video demonstration. As always, let your own creativity be your guide and develop an interpretation of this song that feels right for you.
Style: Jazzy swing
Accompaniment: Jazzy Swing (050)
Tone/Instruments: Tenor Sax (159)
Keyboard Intro: 4 bars
Verse 1: as written
Verse 2: played and octave higher
Ending: repeat last phrase and slow down last bar with keyboard ending
The story so far:
You can now add major seventh chords to the list of features that could be included in sheet music when you are looking for your own music or songs to play.
Remember your own music could also include the following from previous songs that we have learned:
Time signatures: 3/3, 4/4
Note range: B below middle C to upper A
Key: C major – no sharps or flats
Additional notation: ties, sharps, flats, repeat dots
Left hand chords:
Major - C D F G A
Minor – Dm
Dominant 7th – C7 D7 G7 A7
Minor 7th - Am7 Dm7 Em7
Major 7th - CM7 FM7
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OK – I’ve done my playing – now over to you.
Happy playing, from Joanne