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Many students struggle with the very concept of improvising and believe you need to be able to create a motif on the fly. That is, create some melody or pattern instantly. It’s this idea, that its instant, which becomes a road block to improvising.

More ideas on adding rock accompaniment and voicing seventh chords to a song and your melody.

Introduce basic jazz chord voicing ideas. These fundamental ideas are principles you can use to spend a life time of mastering voicing chords.

Improvising with scale tones is an extension of what we’ve talked about in creating melodies. Specifically we started with a scale and skipped or sequentially stepped through the notes or tones. Much of what is used in the scale is repeating patterns, so let’s explore what you might do with that scale you have chosen to use over your chord.

Once you’ve learned the basic melody types of skipping and stepping to create melodies you move on to which scale to use. This involves using more than just a basic major or minor scale and moving into new choices.

Creating melodies is a challenge in the beginning for music students, they learn what other composers have created for melody lines. After a time the student wants to create their own melodies. Starting with understanding the two basic types will help. learn more…

Writing Music is a dream of many musicians, Guest Author and Composer-Teacher, Bob Reno talks to us about writing music and music theory. Read more…

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