Improvising with Motivic Development


Motivic development is the compositional technique of creating a melody that is made up of a single melodic idea (a motive) that is subsequently "developed" by being repeated, altered, modified or transformed melodically and/or rhythmically. As a technique of improvisation, it can help you create strong, logical, coherent and interesting solos. Learn how to use this technique in your own improvisations by watching a motivic analysis of Keith Jarrett's solo over the Jaki Byard tune "Chandra" from his 1994 recording "At the Deer Head Inn."
Lesson Stats
Date added: 9/14/08
Duration: 18:48
Practice Sessions
Practice Session 1 - Play the Lesson Introduction Transcription
Practice Session 2 - Improvising Over the Blues Using Four Techniques of Motivic Development
Further Listening
Listen to Keith Jarrett's solo over the Jaki Byard tune "Chandra" from his 1994 recording "At the Deer Head Inn."
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