In my 20s I did a ton of arrangements for a band in Chicago that consisted of trumpet, 2 trombones, saxophone and rhythm section. The trumpet (leader of the band) was basically the lead/melody of the band, and the trombones and saxophone provided back up harmony, lines, etc. to the group.
Fortunately for me, a previous arranger for the group did a bunch of charts that were, for lack of a better word, masterpieces. The charts that this guy did were creme de la creme of great charts. I learned alot just by playing them and hearing how the voicings played an integral part in how the chart sounded. When it came to writing my own arrangements for the band, I “stole” some things that I thought worked really well, and I still use them today.
One of those was using minor 2nds, and manipulating the tension that the interval created.
In this lesson, I show you some of the ways I use minor 2nds in small group charts. Since I have now upgraded to Finale 2010, I will be using my own charts as examples for the lessons covered. You can hear the timbre of all the instruments which is pretty cool. Let me know if you have any question by leaving a comment below.