Lesson 151: Self-Imposed Limitations
The idea is to decide to use just a few tones or chords. This will often more easily give you ideas and get you started.
This works for improvisation as well as for composition/ songwriting. You can think of it as trying to do more with less.
Different Types of Limitations
Thinking/ Working Inside and Outside the Box
To work with this kind of limitations is in a way like being inside a box. But, when you realize that you can work inside and outside this box, even at the same time, it gets really interesting. I talk a lot about this in my other lessons.
You can, for example have a pentatonic melody over harmony, that is non-diatonic to the key of the pentatonic scale. Check out
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