This Micro Lesson breaks down a melodic line covering one of the most popular jazz progressions.
The I, VI, II, V is one of the most common jazz chord movements used in the style. The melodies that surround these chord changes are unique in how they will target into chord tones and extensions.
Another factor with the melody lines we find in this style is the use of chromaticism. In measures one and two use an outside tone of "C#" to approach the root from above, or approach the scale tone of "D" from below. This approach from above or below chromatic concept is very common in jazz and stands to really highlight the melodic ideas. In measure three we find more chromatic passing concepts into the tone of "Bb."
Enjoy learning this melody!
Micro Lesson 079: "C Major" I, VI, II, V, Jazz Melody