What Notes Do I Play?
The first hurdle of creating new runs is to determine what notes to play. The question is not as difficult as it seems, for there are but a few guidelines to follow:
- If it is in the chord, it works.
- If it is in the scale, it probably works.
- If it is not on the scale, but is moving to a note on the scale or in the chord, it should work.
- If it sounds good, it works.
Based on these fairly open-ended rules, you should quickly realize that anything can become a run or fill, as long as it sounds good. Now I realize that these rules are rather abstract, so let us look at some concrete examples of them in action.