Musical inspiration sometimes can come out of anything – images, feelings or simply out of nothing. In this article I’d like to reveal a more down-to-earth approach to composing. I’ll show you two themes that were motivated by the interest for playing around with particular chord progressions and song structures.
Both themes are based on the same chord progression. It is commonly known as Coltrane Changes, because it’s been saxophone genius Mr. John Coltrane who popularized it. It’s based on downwards movement of tonal centers by major thirds.
Example starting with C:
C | Ab | E | C