Christmas Time Is Here Tutorial
In this lesson we will be creating a jazzy Christmas arrangement for the tune ‘Christmas Time Is Here’.
The tune is written in ¾ and has a laid back tempo which can be interpreted freely.
We jump straight in with two-handed voicings, initially starting with simpler chords and then gradually increasing the complexity of the voicings we choose to play.
As well as a full arrangement we will also be exploring some ideas and concepts for soloing over the form of the tune. In particular we will look at:
Creating and developing musical motifs
Using chord tones in improvised lines and phrases
Identifying and focusing on the ‘characteristic’ tones of the chord/mode