Giant Steps

Several lessons on the John Coltrane composition “Giant Steps”.

  1. Chord progression analysis

  2. Melody analysis

  3. more to come!


  1. Chord Progression Analysis

In this lesson we are working with chord functionality over John Coltrane's "Giant Steps". The emphasis here is on understanding the three keys of the song, and the way that pre-dominant and dominant harmony is used to reach each tonic. 

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2. Melody Analysis

Analysis of the melody to John Coltrane's Giant Steps! This is an essential exercise for me as a composer. It helps me gain a deeper insight in compositional process and use of tension and release. Enjoy!

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