Improvisation

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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.

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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