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LESSON SIX: ADVANCED STUDIES

Improvising

Student Notes

The first not so important rule was to:

Use the chords for the composers original melody line.


The second not so important rule is:

Construct a new melody (improvise) based on the chords.


Remember that when the composer wrote the song they constructed a set of chords that complimented the melody line. You are doing the opposite when improvising. You are attempting to construct a new melody line that is complimentary to the chords. In short:

 

Original Song
melody line, then chords
Improvising
chords, then new melody line.

In the next lesson we will explore more about how to construct a new melody line based on the established chords. Your world is changing now. The knowledge you have is opening you up to a very new experience in music. Over the next week I'd like to listen to some Jazz soloists and keep in mind what you have learned hear today as you listen.

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