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Jingle Bells Reharmonisation

It’s time to get festive so here’s a christmas carol with a difference.

This post looks at some jazz theory and offers some tips on reharmonising tunes.  Reharmonisation is a useful skill for any musician and is not limited to arranging or composition.  You can use this skill on the fly and create improvised harmonic interest and exciting tangents.  The theory is reasonably in depth so it may not be for everyone but if you have any specific questions then please post them below and I’ll try to explain as best I can.

Watch the video and enjoy applying these tricks to other standards/pop tunes/carols/tv themes…

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  1. Penny
    December 10, 2015

    I found this one quite interesting. It brought together a lot of harmony facts that have been in separate boxes in my mind. Putting into practice will be another thing, of course, but I’ll try some bits of it that I can manage.

    I had not in the past realised what kind of things people were doing when they jazzed up a well known piece; I’d just imagined it was the melody being syncopated, but it’s clearly a lot more than that.

    • Jay
      December 11, 2015

      twisting the melody is often part of it but the expansion of harmony is always at the forefront of the jazzers mind! Glad you enjoyed it.

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