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It’s Worth Doing Right


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This song is a mix of Gospel and Blues with a little Country thrown in. I’m not quite sure what it is, but I like it. It’s got a heavy swing feel and it’s in the key of E-major with four sharps (which is more sharps than I typically use.) The form of the song is Verse, Chorus, Solo, Chorus. The solo is probably the easiest part of the song, which is also unusual. The hardest part is the second chorus. It’s louder, and requires more notes to fill out the sound. You can leave out the grace notes if you want to make things simpler.

Back To School


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I felt like writing a nice, light jazz tune for the start of the fall semester. This song is in the key of C-major with a key change to D-major at measure 63. The form of this song is ABA with a main melody, a solo section, and then the melody again. I tried to add variety to this song by using subtle changes in the comping rhythm as well as the melodic line. I haven’t written too many jazz tunes, especially one with a dedicated solo section, but I’m starting to get the hang it.