In this imprompt, you will listen to a tonic pattern, and sing back a different tonic pattern. This will give you the opportunity to perform the patterns you have already learned (using the vocabulary!), and to enlarge your musical vocabulary by teaching yourself new musical words (composition).
Watch the following video: Harmonic Lesson 6.2: Tonal Improvisation #2. Listen to the lesson and hear the examples. You will have the opportunity to review the tonic patterns you have already learned.
TASK: You will listen to a tonic pattern. Your task is to sing back a different tonic pattern in response. You may either sing a different familiar pattern, or you could make up your own pattern.
When trying to create your own pattern, and you are bereft of ideas on how to complete such a task, you could try any of the following improvisation tools:
1. Reverse the Pattern: Listen to each pattern, and sing the pattern in reverse. For example, if you hear DO MI, sing MI DO. If you hear DO MI SO, sing SO MI DO.
2. Eliminate a Pitch: Listen to the pattern, and eliminate the first, second, or third pitch. For example, if you hear DO MI SO, you could sing DO MI or MI SO.
3. Scramble the Pitches: Listen to the pattern, and scramble the order of the pitches. For example, if you hear DO MI SO, you could sing MI SO DO.
Next, try the whole procedure again, but this time with minor tonality.