# Constructing Melodic Solos (Random Method)

author: dhawal.shethia date: 12/27/2013 category: soloing
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For this lesson I assume you have basic understanding of chord-scale theory. I basically use these steps to come up with good solo. 1. Decide a chord progression. 2. Write down notes of chords (including 7ths & 9ths). 3. Randomly select notes of chords to make 8th note or 16th note solo. 4. Add time variation. 5. Add technique variation.

## 1. Chord Progression

First step is to decide chord progression for solo if its not there already. so for sake of simplicity will take progression for this lesson to be:
```Am | C | G | Am
```

## 2. Write Down Notes of Chords

Am - A C E G B D C - C E G B D G - G B D F A

## 3. Write Down Random Notes From Chord (I Am Using 8th Notes) For Each Bar

```AB-EG-CE-CA | GE-EG-CB-CC | GB-DB-FB-AG | AC-AE-CE-CA
```

Mow at this point you can add random time variation in your basic melody and remove some notes. I would use numbers to indicate note duration. so wholenote = 4; halfnote = 2; quarternote = 1 & eightnote = just letter
```A(1)-E(1)-CECA | GE-C(3)|G(1)-B(1)-DFDA | E(4)
```

Now you can throw in some legatos in this melody
```--0---------|--0-----|------1-----|0-
----1\5-1---|----1---|--0-3---3---|--
2---------2-|0-------|0---------2-|--
------------|--------|------------|--
------------|--------|------------|--
------------|--------|------------|--
```
With this method you can come up with lots of phrases. Anyways this was my first lesson so forgive me if there's any error in my writing.