Improvising With Melodic Chunks

Did you know that you can deconstruct existing melodies to improvise and compose new tunes?

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Further learning

Learning Steps

Listen to this Chunk of “The Wellerman”: D0-1-1-1-1-3-A1-1-1

Loop a smaller Chunk until it starts to sound like a riff: D1-1-1-1-3

Add a little slide on D1.

Then transpose it to the A string: A1-1-1-1-3

Then sequence the two riffs: D1-1-1-1-3 | A1-1-1-1-3

Then repeat that riff but this time end on open D instead of that high D:

  • D1-1-1-1-3 | A1-1-1-1-D0

Finally, put it all together to make a complete new melody…

  • D1-1-1-1-3 | A1-1-1-1-3
  • D1-1-1-1-3 | A1-1-1-1-D0

Not only is this super fun, but it will help you learn and remember the melody.

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