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Replacing chords with riffs

If you take a deep view of the matter, you end up with the idea that "chord" and "riff" - or "chord" and "melody" - are just the "vertical" and "...
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Replacing chords with riffs

The simple answer is: play the notes in the chord as a riff. As the underlying chord changes, change the notes that need to be changed. You can do this by holding down a chord shape and arpeggiating ...
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A melodic 2nd above a simple minor triad has a unique feel, and a required duration. Explanations?

The technical term is non-chord tone (NCT.) In a nutshell, super simplified, the idea is in homophonic music the principle tones of a melody are derived from tones of the chord progression, and those ...
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A melodic 2nd above a simple minor triad has a unique feel, and a required duration. Explanations?

Doesn't have to be a long note. Doesn't have to be over plain minor rather than m7. It's generally considered a 9th rather than 2nd, due mainly to the root and 3rd being way too close in pitch. Yes, ...
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Standard or fundamental melodic patterns

There's a (probably older) book by Goetschius called "Exercises in Melody Writing." It's available as a free PDF. (It's worthwhile to get the latest copyrighted version.) There are lots of ...
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Can a Round Modulate?

Somewhat surprised that nobody has mentioned Bach's modulating canon (the "Canon a 2 per tonos", inscribed with the allegorical Ascendenteque Modulatione ascendat Gloria Regis [With ...
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