This week we discuss one of the most important concepts in building a good solo. Motivic development is the principle of taking a short idea and learning to manipulate it in many different ways. This gives our listeners something to grab onto in our solo and provides us with a launching point that can go in any direction we would like it to.
We are going to start by taking a simple idea and base the rest of the episode off of it. In a way, the episode is an example of motivic development!
We will explore how to work the same idea into many different chord changes, then start manipulating the rhythm, then manipulate the notes and the rhythm all at once to give our improvisation many dimensions. We close out this week’s episode by demonstrating how to work a motif into a real life solo situation. Always returning to some form of the original idea while incorporating many other ideas and devices around it.
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