Composition

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 16 of 24: Idea: Harmonize Melody in Sixths

Trying play the melody in Sixths going up and down the C major scale…

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 15 of 24: Idea: Left Hand Melody

There is no rule that says that the melody must be played in the right hand and chords must be

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 14 of 24: Idea: Harmonic-Melodic Suspension

Here is a variation of the previous scale tone idea with suspended resolutions in measures 4 and 8. These suspensions

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 13 of 24: Idea: Scale Tone Melody

Although we are calling this a scale tone melody, notice how many of the scale tones are also chord tones.

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 12 of 24: Idea: Chord Tone Melody

Let’s play a melody using nothing but chord tones. Notice how we preserved the phrase structure of the original melody.

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 11 of 24: Idea: Change the Meter

Let’s change the time signature from 4/4 to 3/4… and notice the nice lilt that three-ness gives to the piece.