Once you’ve learned basic chord structure you will begin to enter the realm of chord voicing, which is how to you use chord notes in various combinations and reordered to create a different sound using the same chord or scale notes.

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…

Changing a Note Changes a Chord, in so doing it expresses a new sound and emotion. Four basic chords and what you can learn in expressing music and expressing life.

Improvising is often thought of as the ultimate creative objective. However, starting within a framework or structure is where most improvising takes place. Taking the opposites of structure/rules and creativity and working them together is the objective of the musician and music student. Some thoughts on how to accomplish this goal…

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