Besame Mucho, Composed by Consuelo Velázquez, is a pretty melody.
It has come up a few times with one band that I’m in. Generally, it will be sung, but if you’re going to solo over a song, which I do sometimes for this one, it’s good to know how to play the melody too. Many reasons for that.
Looked at the sheet music for it the other day and realized that the notes are actually very simple at least for the first phrase. If you understand them in a particular way.
That happens many times, if you recognize a pattern that is familiar, you can remember something in terms of those patterns instead of individual notes. Another reason why knowing scales is helpful.
So what I saw in the music for the first phrase was no accidentals. That means it stays in one key. So you can think of that key.
On tenor, one sharp and on alto, two sharps.
If you know the modes that’s good, but even if you don’t, you can think of the key signature and the ‘major’ key that it goes with. Really, it’s more of the Aeolian mode though (natural minor).
So the first note is repeated at the beginning, E on tenor and B on alto.
Then it goes directly up the scale for three notes and changes the order slightly for the last two notes.
Before trying this, play your G major scale on tenor or D major scale on alto.
And then try playing that same scale starting on E for tenor and on B for alto. That should get you in the right place in terms of the notes.
If you have started working on vibrato, this could be a good place to put some in.
Besame_Mucho_Tribe (mp3, right click and save)