Looking at the melody of Autumn leaves, I love the melodic leap write at the pick up. It really grabs your attention. Go back to the previous blog and listen to the way Eva Cassidy embellishes the high note giving it even more energy and tension. The melody as written below is the original melody of the song. Again, listen to the way Eva Cassidy plays with the melody, keeping the central flavour of the melody while at the same time putting her own stamp on it. You can see from the notation below (even if you don’t read notation you’ll still get the idea of the shape of the musical lines) that after the initial leap there is a series of 3 note rising lines that gently fall through the next 8 measures….. a bit like those falling leaves ?
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