The following are just a few points from original post found here.
- Try connecting a few melodic ideas you would normally play separately, or just try extending a phrase farther than you normally would.
- Try playing a series of shorter phrases, or break up a longer phrase into shorter phrases. Also, try breaking up longer phrases by inserting held notes.
Cross Rhythms and Polyrhythms
- Experiment with basic cross rhythms, grouping your 8th notes into melodic ideas that accent every third or fifth note.
- Try the most basic polyrhythm, triplets. Try playing phrases of continuous triplets instead of 8th notes.