September 29, 2006

Words about music (125): Frank Zappa

I'm interested in melodies and it's the one thing I find lacking in most of the music today. The construction of a melody is a specialized art form. I know a lot of people who can write and arrange but don't pay to much attention to where the melody is. It's a big challange to write a melody. That's why people who can improvise well against chord changes are so unique because that's a challenge met instantaneously. When all you're presented with is the harmonics skeleton, your challenge is to create a personalized melody against that set of chord changes, it's a very impressive feat.

Frank Zappa

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