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


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

Pickups are a great way to build momentum in anticipation of the upcoming chord changes as well as a way to play “through” the bar lines. Here the idea is to play scale-wise into a chord tone on the first downbeat in each measure.


learn more… Composition & Improvisation: Case Study: Part 21 of 24: Two-Handed Chord Melody