ExamplES permutations of four-note units
(Bars 1-4) The first two bars of the solo are used as a melodic set-up rather than just charging straight in to the examples. Bars 3 and 4 feature an ascending series of arpeggios: the notes of each are played following a 4-1-2-3 note-sequence. Here, apart from the black and grey notes, we’re also employing some of the white notes shown in diagram 1 in order to produce a fingering that is both practical and consistent throughout.
(Bars 5-6) This second example is based around a 2-1-4-3 unit, which is played on each of the top five strings of the four-notes-per-string C Major scale pattern delineated by the black and grey notes in diagram 1 (here, in a descending fashion). rhythmic variation allows us to produce a melody that sounds natural; however, due to the inherent musical logic of the underlying concept (2-1-4-3 on each string), there is a sense of cohesion throughout.