After an inspiring lesson with Larry Goldings, and then working out of Mick Goodrick’s “Almanac of Guitar Voice-Leading” volumes 1-3 (which contains more melodic and harmonic material than I’ll every be able to master in a lifetime), I began working on, and improvising with, some simple diatonic fourth sequences. The simple idea in Lesson 2 could be played in both a Lydian ( Major 7 #11) or a Dorian (minor 7) context and is fairly easy to hear and sing as a melody. I added a little rhythmic displacement to generate interest and to help move the melody away from a ” lick” and towards more of an intervalic sequence. The exercise is played in Lydian, in Dorian, then again displaced rhythmically and lastly through all the keys via the circle of fourths. Also learning to sing this fourth melody as ear training will help tremendously.
Read along with the PDF here: