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How to write a chromatic approach note tune

 ¨Approach Note technique is one of the most powerful systems for the modern musician to master as it enables you to adorn your musical lines with Jazzy sounding chromatic notes in such a coherent, strong and confident way ¨

The purpose of ¨ How to write a Chromatic Approach Tune resource¨ is to demonstrate how the Chromatic Approach Technique can be used to compose an entire melody contains multiple key changes to such great effect.

This download contains everything you need to get you writing and improvising fluently using Approach note technique ( If you put in the hours of practice!)

The level is  Intermediate - Advanced as the quirky 16th note melody spans two and a half octaves and is loaded with chromatic approaches.

PDF alone available here

Suitable for ALL instruments.

 Features of PDF

  • The Chromatic Approach Note Brazilian Chorinho tune (exercise) notated for Concert, Bb , Eb Instruments + Bass Clef and with Guitar tab
  • Meticulously prepared Bar by Bar written analysis. This is like a masterclass on the piece which thoroughly explains each chord, modulation and approach. Handy Tips and insights are included.
  • Specially written One, Two, Three and Four note exercises in ALL 12 keys that Approach Major and Minor Chords.These have been designed so you can assimilate the chromatic approach notes in the shortest possible time.

As well, it is invaluable to have them written out for reference in all 12 keys if you are new to approach notes.

 Features of Mp3 play alongs/ Demonstration Mp3´s


  • Authentic sounding backing tracks specially recorded in South America to make this resource as enjoyable as possible.
  • The groovy rhythm and natural sounds of the instruments (Guitar, percussion, Bass, Accordian, Flute and saxophone) is guaranteed to delight and inspire you to practice ( perhaps you will even use the backings to record your own version of the tune.
  •  Different speed backing tracks allow you to practice and learn deeply at a pace that is comfortable.
  • Separate Demonstrations of the Chromatic Approach Tunes on the Flute, Guitar, Accordion, Bass and Saxophone, so you can hear how the melody sounds on the different instruments.
  • Saxophone demonstrations of the One, Two, Three and Four note exercises at slow and medium speeds so you can learn, absorb and hear how the approaches sound as you practice.
  • Guitar play alongs of the F major and Minor grooves as 140, 180 and 220 beats per minute

Included Mp4 videos

  • Tutorial 14 minute tutorial
  • Saxophone Chorinho 
  • Flute Chorinho 
  • Guitar Chorinho 
  • Bass Chorinho 
  • Accordian Chorinho 

Become fluent in improvisation and writing using approach notes!

How to write a chromatic approach tune gives you the tools you need to become fluent and creative in improvisation as well as in writing. Detailed and easy to understand examples of one, two, Three and Four note approaches help you to assimilate this incredible system in to your writing and playing (as long as you put in the hours of work needed)

Exercises featuring ALL 12 keys that Approach Major and Minor Chords

  • Over 100 pages containing specially written One, Two, Three and Four note exercises in ALL 12 keys that Approach Major and Minor Chordsdesigned to help you understand the chromatic approach as fast as possible.
  • If you are new to Approach Note Technique this innovative method will get you up to speed as fast as possible, taking your playing to a higher level