Today I’m sharing two video lessons, either of which is a good introduction to a commonly used idea, which I sometimes call The Melody Machine.
This “melody machine” is by no means a new technique for creating strong melodies. Singers, composers and improvisers have built melodies this way forever. In a nutshell, it’s a specific way of using the underlying chord progression as your “generator” of melodic material.
But this “melody generating” concept doesn’t always get, I don’t know, enough of a spotlight, in places where students can really stop and realize the power of it. So I try to teach and demonstrate this “melody machine” in places where it can really help, as in these two examples.
Audience: Any student of musical improvisation or composition. The musical concepts in these lessons apply to any instrument or voice, although the videos are obviously keyboard-focused.
The first “Melody Machine” video for you today is from my 3-part study of improvisation on Van Morrison’s tune “Moondance.”
The second tutorial is from my Blues Piano Crash Course