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14                            Extempore Playing
Exercise 5.
(a)   Play the above successions (Ex. 8) in every major key.
(b)   Play phrases as usual (see p. 8), introducing an occasional III chord on one of the above plans.
In inventing the phrases, notice how melody is growing out of the chord-progressions. Aim at pleasing lines. These will be dealt with fully in a later chapter. Make the bass flow in as interesting a manner as possible. Do not be restive under the strict discipline of four-part harmony; this is excellent for forming taste and efficiency; its strict­ness will be relaxed before long.
Keep the uniform rhythm clearly in mind; its rigidity is only temporary.
Do not be afraid of frequent chord-repetitions, with or without change of position.
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