Theoretically speaking, a melodic pattern is an intervallic and rhythmic repetition of notes, which you usually sequence through a scale or arpeggio. Technically speaking, melodic patterns are generally studied to build dexterity, and are especially useful for getting your picking and fretting hands in synch. Creatively speaking, melodic patterns are the building blocks of improvisation and composition. This new intensive from Brad Carlton, covers all three bases.
No, Melodic Patterns is not an exercise course, although you will certainly work your proverbial off. Nor is Melodic Patterns a technique course, although you'll get your hands doing things on the fretboard they've never done before. Melodic Patterns IS very much a right-brained approach for crafting melodic solos, compositions and improvisations over any changes, in any key, in any style.
TrueFire's resident educational guru, Brad Carlton authored Melodic Patterns in answer to the universal rut every musician encounters - playing the same old, same old, solo after solo. Melodic Patterns is both a boot camp and finishing school for developing the technical and cerebral skills that will pull you out of the rut and sling you up the mountain as an improviser and composer.
Carlton's 3-step approach starts with breaking your "muscle memory" by introducing you to dozens of new fingering and picking patterns, in a variety of positions. Next step, you'll vary the rhythms and intervals to create more textures and colors to tell your story with. These first two steps are worth the price of admission alone, but true-to-form, Carlton takes one step further, and this is where the fun begins.
No sooner do you learn a new pattern and various ways to twist it up rhythmically and melodically, than you learn how to convert that "melodic pattern" into themes and motifs that you structure your composition or improvisation around. And it's this last step in Carlton's approach that reveals how to morph "boring" scales and arpeggios into exciting, melodic and fresh improvisations.