MELOS is a practical book for the study of contemporary melodies and the development of improvisational skills.
The book contains 57 compositions in 12 chapters, thus offering a wide variety of contemporary melodies: from the simple beauty of a familiar tonality to clear lines which reach beyond conventional tonality and create something new.
The compositions included in MELOS can be found on the author’s varied CD recordings.
The melodies both set a task and offer an opportunity to bring the noted thoughts, emotions and movements into an individual flow.
Each of the compositions is augmented by a variety of practical exercises.
The exercises are part of the preceding composition and their structure is analysed and named.
A way to transpose each of these constructive motifs is also suggested: practicing these through the whole range helps to expand ones technical skills, develop melodic listening skills and furthermore, creates a rich cache of melodic components for individual improvisation.
117 pages, spiral bound
Further information (in German):
Interview with Norbert Stein about MELOS (Videoclip)