Lots of great melodies are no more than a triad with a bit of stepwise embellishment. This exercise takes a spread triad in root position and embellishes the 3rd at the top of the voicing with upper and lower neighbor tones. The melody is played outlining four harmonic qualities: Major (Ionian), Major #5 (harmonic major), Minor (Dorian) and Minor b6 (or Major 7 #11 with the 3rd in the bass). Adding rhythmic variation and changing the triad inversion can quickly expand the material for creative improvising. The exercise is played around the circle of fourths starting on C major.