Three-note per­mu­ta­tions

This month, Shaun Bax­ter en­cour­ages you to leave your com­fort zone and take a look at a sys­tem­atic way of pro­duc­ing melodic vari­a­tion.

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note, 3 is the high­est, and 2 is the mid­dle. If this same ‘unit’ were ap­plied to the fifth string, we would get F-A- G. on the fourth it would be B-D-c etc.

Let’s now take a look at some of the pos­si­bil­i­ties for three given pitches. for con­ve­nience, we are sim­ply go­ing to look at three-notes-per-string first. The only ground rule here is that we are not go­ing to play the same note twice in a row. If our sys­tem deals with the or­der in which three pitches can be played, and 1-2-3 rep­re­sents all three notes played in ascending or­der of pitch, then we only have the fol­low­ing math­e­mat­i­cal pos­si­bil­i­ties. Start­ing from:

1 2 1-2-3 2-1-3

3 3-1-2 even though there may be three notes on a string, it doesn’t mean we have to play all the pitches. Ideas can stem from just play­ing two notes, of which the fol­low­ing are the pos­si­bil­i­ties: 1-2 (low­est note then mid­dle note) , 1-3 (low­est note then high­est note) , 2-1 (mid­dle note then low­est note) , 2-3 (mid­dle note then high­est note) , 3-1 (high­est note then low­est note) , 3-2 (high­est note then mid­dle note). here are the three pos­si­bil­i­ties: 1 (low­est note only), 2 (mid­dle note only), 3 (high­est note only). At this point, you might start think­ing that things are get­ting a bit silly, and in­cred­i­bly ob­vi­ous, but this sort of thor­ough ex­am­i­na­tion will lead you to fresh ideas that will not re­sult from sim­ply lis­ten­ing to the sounds in your head. You will see ap­pli­ca­tions of this par­tic­u­lar ap­proach in this les­son’s recorded mu­si­cal ex­am­ples.

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