Strange Fusion Lines

by Juan Cortes

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  • Hello GMC'ers! This time I created a lesson using different melodic concepts: symmetrical phrases, arpeggios, and melodic lines with a reharmonization. There are many different kinds of composition in this fusion style.

    Let's analyze every section:

    It starts with a melodic line constructed under a symmetrical pattern that doesn't have a particular scale, such as major and minor scales. On the other hand, I choose a melodic structure in a chromatic shape to play which is a very interesting idea outside the lines.

    A good exercise for this concept is taking groups of minor 3rd separated in major 3rd intervals. So, as you can see, you can aboard each note with another chromatic notes and pick the direction of this passing notes. This happens at the beginning and the end of the tune, followed by an harmonic part, using only one or two notes on the lead melody. In this part I use a reharmonization with hybrid chords, witch are not in the same key, they just keep in touch with the melody.

    The next part is a very simple harmonic idea that includes arpeggios with hybrid picking, in a C minor tonal center. For example: Cm7 add 6-9 arpeggio over Cm7 chord, Fm7 arpeggio over Ab and Dm7b5 arpeggio over Fm, use the C note on bass always.

    Recommended Reading/ Listening:
    * Nicolas Slonimsky´s "Thesaurus Of Scales And Melodic Patterns"
    * Alex Machacek

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    Enjoy it!/ Juan

    Fm7 add6:




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    Cm7 add6 9 arpeggio:
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