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Bernadette Peters - Broadway's Best
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#beginquote# I would suggest a 12 bar blues in Bb. This would have the clarinet in C and the alto sax in G which are both very comfortable keys. The chord progression of the blues has many variations, but the standard form is: Bb7 Eb7 Bb7 Bb7 Eb7 Eb7 Bb7 Bb7 F7 Eb7 Bb7 Bb7 The blues scale for the key is Bb Db Eb E F Ab Bb Use these notes to create the "head". This is the melody which is played (usually twice through) at the beginning and again at the end (after improvised solos). The head equates with the "exposition" at the beginning and the "recapitulation" at the end. The "development" section is the solo section and any other goodies you want to add before the ending head. The chord changes just keep repeating. Your job is to create head (intro and coda too if you want). When you write the head, you can use the mixolydian scale on every chord (same as major but with a lowered 7th), the dominant arpeggio on each chord (1st, 3rd, 5th and b7th (9th too if you want)), or just create a riff using the blues scale. The best blues heads often use a 4 measure riff with some variation in the last 4 measure phrase. YOU WILL NEED TO LISTEN TO SOME BLUES AND JAZZ to get a feel for the style if you are not a jazzer. Good Luck! GOOOOOOROOOOOO #endquote#
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