Watch the Compositional Devices online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Blues Connections: Major

Compositional devices are how we develop a motif. These devices have been around for hundreds of years, with every great composer from Beethoven to Ellington using these devices for getting the maximum amount of music out of one idea. They are so universal that they can be applied to any style of music. We'll discus rhythmic variation, approach notes, passing tones, upper and lower neighbors, chromatic passing notes, octave displacement, and retrograde.