When writing for big band, there may be times when you have to voice out an entire multi-bar melody over just one chord. When you do, you will need to be able to find spots within the melody that warrant using a quick reharmonization so that the whole passage doesn’t just sit on one chord. That can get boring real quick.
This lesson covers a simple (and fast) way to make a one chord melody sound interesting for big band. I show you a simple melody I made up on an F7 chord, voice it out for big band, then I play for you a real chart that worked great by using this technique.
Keep in mind that what I show here is not the only way to solve the problem. I could have sat around all day and made each note move to a different chord, but most of the time that is either unnecessary, or would possibly be way too much for harmony for the line. Always strike a happy medium and make sure everything still swings and “lays” right for the horn players. Let me know if you have any questions.