Sergio Mendes did a modal Jazzy arrangement for Brasil '66, based on Paul Simon's (& Garfunkel)'s rendition, which was a hit.
The best way to start is in a key (tonal centre) , with which white keys are primarily played. In other words, a harmonic context/palette that is principally white keys, diatonically. That means, d minor (or d dorian mode, to be more precise and accurate).
Start with the tonic minor-triad: d-minor chord. d min. , e min. , F Major , then back down to e minor next phrase: d min. , e min. and back down to d min. (instead of F Major ? ) ------ then, next figure: start with : F major, then down to C Major (the "VII" chord, in this harmonic context that we're in). ----- then, last phrase: d minor, G Major (IV) , C Maj. (VII) , d minor.
regardless of what key you are in, the relationships between the chords are :
i, ii, III, ii i, ii, i III, VII i, IV, VII , i
In the key (tonal centre) of "C" -- that's one whole-step transposed down from what's described above.
back to Free Instructional Materials
| back to homepage |