Lesson 3 – Variations: Peek a Boo

Dancing Bear also presents a motif in the first two measures that repeats throughout the A part. In this tune, the chords change around a melody that repeats this motif. Our challenge to you is to first alter this motif by one note. Repeat at liberty. Next, can you never play it the same way through? Not even once? This is the art of creating variations, even if by just one note at a time. It is part of learning to improvise to both play something the same way AND also to learn to “never play the same thing twice” depending on how experienced you are!

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