6/7: Melodies

“Ride” variations

Try listening to the melody along with the steady kick drum pattern below it.

But shifting the pattern so that it starts one beat later makes this:

The first version perhaps aligns better with where changes occur in the original track. But the second version might align better with where you naturally hear the pattern begin. So what's the "real" starting position? Again, it doesn't really matter. Music like this is open to lots of interpretations.

Try to create your own versions that play with some of these ideas: wide range of pitches, a sense of interlocking between high and low notes, different possible starting points.

Only the specific pitches from the original version are available, so all of your variations will probably sound like they're part of this musical "world."

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