# Constructing Melodic Solos (Random Method)

In this lesson I will show you how to construct a melodic solo using A-minor scale with random notes, but it can be applied to any other scale.

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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
```

## 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.

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Why would you choose random notes? That doesn't usually lead to anything great sounding. I wouldn't really call this making music. This is just putting random notes and rhythms after each other. Same as if you made a computer write a song (but it just takes more time this way). If you want to write something this way, just make a computer do it, it's way more effortless and the result is exactly the same. Computer can create lots of phrases of random notes in a couple of seconds if that's what you want to do. With this "technique" it just takes so much more time - and as I said, the result is the same, you are still using random notes so it doesn't matter if computer makes it or you make it. So I would say this is pretty useless.
Really? I think you misunderstood what random in this article really means. Personally, I think all melodies and riffs are "random" to some degree. You know, there is no magic formula that will make you come up with a melody - it's all random at first, whether you come up with the melody in your head or on guitar it's just a good sounding note sequence. Of course you build up upon these sequences, but it's still random to some degree. My opinion, but that's what I think. It depends on the point of view.
its not random notes its a experimental assortment of selected notes in order to produce a harmonic melody