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Maintaining Interest

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

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