Creating a Lyrical Line

Written by on October 6, 2015

Todd Williams
(Todd Williams, Photo courtesy of the artist)

As a beginning or intermediate player, you are slowly building up your repertoire of standards. While you do that, don’t forget to remember melodic considerations, and to keep a lyrical line in your head as you improvise on melodies.

Master saxophonist Todd Williams breaks this down further, giving you some insight into how to approach melody, embellishments, and variations. Sometimes, simple exercises from your practice routine, paired with careful listening of the original recordings of pieces, will give you all the inspiration you need to create fantastic new takes on pieces!

Learn more from Todd here.

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