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- Work on improvisation from a melody

Hello everyone,

I'm happy to see you in this article about improvisation.

It is not a pure improvisation course but rather some tracks to exploit to stimulate the creativity and the understanding of the musical modes.

Thanks to these few tracks of work I hope that you will begin to diferentiate musical thought and the straitjacket of ranges and arpeggios.

I'm not saying that you do not have to work with his scales and arpeggios, far from it, but I think that when you start from a melody to develop your improvisation, you really start to improvise. We are guided by the musical idea and no longer by plans.

Moreover thanks to all this material you will begin to better understand the articulation of modes.


Master the melody

I invite you to play it dozens of times or even hundreds ...

Interpret there, put nuances, make sing your instrument.

Do this until you are truly guided by the melody and more by your fingers.

Change the fingering

You know that there are dozens of different fingerings for the guitar.

Play there at several points of the neck, on a single string, several octaves ...

In short, there are many possibilities.

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Starting from a simple melody :

Heu jude 1



I chose hey jude Beatles because the melody is very simple, the chords are simple and especially that it contains the 7 notes of the range.

I do not know in what tone is the original piece but I wrote in C in a concern of ease.


Start working on improvisation with the melody

As I often say, you can take the rhythm of the melody and practice improvising with it.

This forces you to put the pace of your improvisation in the foreground.


Chiffon the melody with its intervals


In the range of Do we have:

- Do: fundamental 1

- Re: second major 2

- Mi: major third 3

- Fa: just fourth 4

- Sol: fifth straight 5

- The: sixth major 6

- If: seventh major 7 (attention to the United States "7" alone is the seventh minor)

Gamme de do

Encrypt the melody

Ciphering the melody

Hey jude 2


I find this work very interesting because you start to assimilate the colors of the notes with respect to chords.

You also begin to understand the functions of notes within the melody.


Interesting melodic work

Play the third of the melody or begin to harmonize.

In this case it's like playing the melody in Phrygian mode

Hey jude a la tierce

Aeolien mode

And if we played the melody in minor

Now we can have fun to "alter" the intervals.

We will play exactly the same thing but in the minor mode or aeolian mode.

Recall the: 1-2-b3-4-5-b6-b7

Hj aoeolien

Doran mode

Why not in the Dorian mode?

Reminder: 1-2-b3-4-5-6-b7

Hj dorien

Lydian mode

Melody in Lydian mode

Reminder: 1-2-3- # 4-5-6-7

Hj lydien

Harmonic minor

In harmonic minor

Reminder: 1-2-b3-4-5-b6-7

Hj mineur harmo

Melodic minor

In melodic minor

Reminder : 1-2-b3-4-5-6-7

Hj mineur melo

Harmonic major

The harmonic major

Reminder: 1-2-3-4-5-b6-7

Hj majeur harmo

Hungarian minor

The Hungarian minor

Reminder : 1-2-b3- # 4-5-b6-7

Hj hongrois mineur

Diatonic mirror

The diatonic mirror

A few years ago I read a book by Pierre Boulez: "Thinking music today," which describes the concepts he uses in twelve-tone music.

When he treats a series (continuation of 12 semitones that do not repeat), he applies the mirror, the retrograde and the retrograde mirror.

In short I was inspired by that to create the mirror of the melody. Diatonic mirror, I specify.

An ascending interval becomes descending and vice versa. If the melody rises from a third, the mirror descends from a third, if the melody goes down for a second the mirror rises by one second.

it gives something very strange but it's fun.

Le mirroir diatonique de la melodie

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