We are Niogi, a contemporary jazz band performing our own music using a mixture of acoustic instruments and synths. At this time, we are releasing a new album called ‘Landing’, and thought about sharing some of the insights and principles that we have gathered along the way about composing, playing and improvising. So, if you are a songwriter, an improviser or a music theory student this guide is for you!
Our aim is to bring you some useful tips for thinking about melodies and harmony, elements that we use in our own music everyday. One of us, Guy, has a PhD in Music specializing in J.S. Bach’s compositional process, and we gradually find that the same principles that make his music great, are totally relevant to contemporary songwriting, film scoring and jazz improvisation. The points we bring here deal with scales, melodies and chords. We also provide some explanations to common music theory questions, such as parallel fifths and and the minor scale, and conclude with the importance of learning other people’s good music, and a tip for finding the right music teacher for you.
We really hope you enjoy this ebook and find it helpful!
Guy Shkolnik and Omri Abramov