Modern Lines #1 (Melodic Ideas and Phrases for the Contemporary Guitarist)
In this melodic study series my main goal is to present different phrases and ideas that showcase more of the widely-intervallic and highly angular characteristics of a melody which are considered by many as the essential elements of the so-called “modern” style of melodic improvisation within the jazz idiom.
In Part 1 I present two different modern lines (and all their modal and fretboard position diatonic transpositions) which rely heavily on the interval of a 4th in their melodic architecture.
Each line is composed of a few different “modern melodic fragments” that can be isolated and practiced on their own and can serve us in the development of new improvisatory vocabulary.
As the lines are strictly composed using a 16th note melodic density (4-note melodic groupings per beat) you can extract any one or two beats of any of the melodic ideas presented here and end up with separate 4 or 8 note melodic groupings that can be practiced as individual exercises.
Line #1 is presented in the key of G Major and Line #2 is presented in the key of D Major.
You can play all these melodic ideas over any of the diatonic chords of the corresponding Major key. You can also take it a step further and once they feel comfortable under your fingers move them to different scale systems and tonalities.
I truly hope that these lines/phrases give you a new outlook at melody construction and that they find their own unique place within your own melodic studies and explorations.
PDF of "Modern Lines #1" (TAB and Standard Notation).
Two Backing Tracks - #1 in the key of G Major and #2 in the key of D Major.
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PDF of "Modern Lines #1" (TAB and Standard Notation). Two Backing Tracks - #1 in the key of G Major and #2 in the key of D Major.