musical improvisation method

Chapter 1 – Primordial atoms: 3-note chords (Triads) & 4-note chords (Tetrad)

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The basic building blocks for building a melody

Chapter 1 presents the basic building blocks for building a melody: the triads. Our journey to building a real phrase starts here. Since triads are the common basis (the “first stage”) of all chords, we can already improvise on circles of fifths (descending 5th or ascending 4th progressions). The associated exercises should be sufficiently mastered and practiced before proceeding further. Otherwise, the foundations of the “house” will not be solid.


Triad exercises on the circle of fifths

  • In major, starting with the tonic then the third
  • In minor
  • Passage from the triad to the tetrad by doubling, repeating a note or adding the 7th

Triad + external note exercises

  • In quarter notes, adding the 2nd, 4th or 6th as a passing or tension note
  • In eighth notes, the 8 basic melodic cells in 4/4 and 3/4

Pianists’ corner: example of left hand chords for accompaniment on circle of 5ths in half notes, quarter notes and then syncopation in 3/4 and 4/4

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