A B C D Structure Using Variation

A more complicated four bar structural idea where every bar is something different.

In this lesson you will be learning a new and slightly more complex structural idea. The basic concept is simple, in every bar something different is played. That obviously gives many options for construction from switching time signatures to crazy fills all over the place to stops and build ups. What I will show you in this first construction and placement idea is examples where each bar is a variation on the bar before. This is a great pattern to get used to when improvising as it creates interesting parts based on one original pattern.

Essentially what you will do is have a start groove, then in the next bar change/add/take away something. Then in the third and fourth bars do the same again. Alternatively the fourth bar could be a fill.

The structure for this idea looks like this:

The structure for this phrase construction idea.

Hopefully once you've seen a proper example of a part for this structure it will make sense. There will be a lot of different groove ideas used within each pattern so there is a lot to follow. Five examples of parts following this structure have been given below.


Example 1

A four bar phrase where something different happens in each bar

Example 2

A four bar phrase where something different happens in each bar

Example 3

A four bar phrase where something different happens in each bar

Example 4

A four bar phrase where something different happens in each bar

Example 5

A four bar phrase where something different happens in each bar

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all phrases up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
  2. Create your own versions of these patterns based on the original phrase.