If you want to be a great improviser, you must know how to play simple melodies by ear. You've got to, man dudes. Before you start asking about scales and modes, ask yourself if you can EVEN MELODY!
Hang out with my son, Miles and I as we try to help you predict what line of music will come next. Being able to play in a logical, predictable and melodic fashion will help you to connect with your audience better than you ever have before.
Let's find ways to help you remember your intervals!
Many singers show up to auditions or jam sessions and have no idea which key they sing their song in. This is unacceptable., and is easily remedied. Let me teach you how to choose your key, so this situation stops happening. If you'd like to support me, you can do so at this link: https://www.paypal.me/AimN
If you've ever wondered how to get away from sheet music, and play by ear, this is the spot for you! Get away from that written music. It's holding you back! There's a whole world of melodies and harmonies for you discover, and they are already IN YOUR HEAD! Learn how to transfer them to your fingers.
Changing keys in the middle of The Star Spangled Banner by accident = BAD. Knowing how to play melodies by ear and transpose them on the spot = GOOD, DESIRABLE, and all around SWEEEEET.
Singers AND instrumentalists: I don't want you to sound like a robot when you improvise. Let's get you sounding like a thoughtful, feeling person, who can hear their way through changes without having to memorize patterns. I want to make HONEST musicians out of you. Point & Sing is the best way I know of to accomplish that!
Ever find yourself completely struggling...gasping for air as you desperately listen with all of your might to figure out which bar you are on? You solo, chorus after chorus, never knowing when to stop because you have NO idea where the top of the form is? Watch this.
I hope you enjoy these melodies/songs as much as I enjoyed compiling this list of my favorites and yours. So fun to explore such beauty that ranges from Puccini, to Ravel, to Joplin, to Glenn Miller, to Neil Young, to Bowie, to Linkin Park! A beautiful melody is a beautiful melody, regardless of genre or decade.
Are you ever fooled by a harmony that has so much strength and power, you think it's really the melody? Let's look at examples by some of the greatest harmony writers in rock and pop and discover deeper truths about the meaning of "melody."
When you are learning a new jazz tune, it's imperative to get the melody right. To learn it the right way. What is the right way? How do you know that? Let me tell you.