Composition

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 10 of 24: Idea: Shift the Melody

Let’s shift the melodic contour to start on the next higher chord tone E, while preserving the exact same rhythm.

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 9 of 24: Idea: Change the Tonality

Changing the Tonality from C Major to C Minor transforms this piece from bright and happy to dark and sad.

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 8 of 24: Idea: Change Articulation

Articulations have a huge effect on the mood of a piece.  For example, playing the entire melody staccato gives it

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 7 of 24: Idea: Change Register

Changing Registers is a very effective way to change the mood of a piece. Let’s move everything up two octaves

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 6 of 24: Idea: Alberti Bass

This is the original melody with an Alberti Bass, a pleasant way to support a simple melody with a chordal

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Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 5 of 24: Idea: Simple Chord Accompaniment

Simplicity is a highly under-rated aspect of music making! Here is our lead sheet interpreted with a very simple chord