by Lachlan Davidson, 2009

To maintain interest when improvising or composing, vary:

  • starting point in the bar
  • length of phrases
  • starting note in the chord
  • starting note in the range
  • note density (number of notes per bar)
  • articulation
  • dynamics
  • type of rhythms
  • displacement of phrases
  • size of intervals
  • range coverage
  • scaleic or chordal or chromatic approach
  • inside and outside
  • mood or emotion
  • pace and surprises
  • play in clear strong phrases