Lesson 45: Techniques for Composition/ Improvisation
Some Techniques Worth Exploring
More Methods/ Techniques for Composition
Check out lesson 122, where I list a number of methods/ techniques for composition.
The Tone Row Technique
I used this ( quasi-) tone row for my Bb blues Pets ( you can find the entire lead sheet on my sheet music page):
Using a Motif as Tone Material
Mike Stern based his rhythm changes tune Suspone ( you can find the entire lead sheet on my sheet music page) on a polychord: A major triad over Bb major triad. A four-note motif/ pattern was used as the source material, in the bridge it is sequenced: transposed up a major third, a major sixth, a major second, a perfect fourth, a perfect fifth and finally a minor third ( slightly varied):
Using the Notes of a Chord/ Several Chords as Tone Material
This example is an idea used by Miles Davis around the Bitches Brew period. Take two or in this case three chords: C, E and Ab, arrange the notes in a sequence and you may get a very interesting scale:
Now, let's do the same thing with the polychord from Mike Stern's Suspone. What do we get - ( I added one note: a g and) this is actually the sixth mode of the D harmonic minor scale!
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