Composition

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 22 of 24: Idea: Rhythmic Motives

Rhythm is an extremely powerful organizing force in music, oftentimes moreso than the pitches. Here are two (of arguably an

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 21 of 24: Idea: Two-Handed Chord Melody

Here is a two-fisted melody consisting exclusively of chord tones played as alternating pairs in both hands. Notice how much

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 20 of 24: Idea: Pickups

There is no rule that says that a song or chorus must begin on the first downbeat. Pickups are a

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 19 of 24: Idea: Melodic Sequence

A Sequence is a pattern with a characteristic melodic shape and rhythm that moves through the chord changes…

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 18 of 24: Idea: Pedal Point

Pedal Point means to play a single note in the bass as the chords change above. A common pedal point

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 17 of 24: Idea: Subdivide Beat into Triplets

One way to Subdivide the Beat is to play triplet chords in the left hand. Can you think of some