Constructing Melodic Solos (Random Method)

author: dhawal.shethia date: 12/27/2013 category: soloing
rating: 5 / votes: 4 
Constructing Melodic Solos (Random Method)
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

4. Add Time Variation

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)

5. Add Technique Variation

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.
Comments
Your captcha is incorrect