A Metronome exercise that actually Swings, based on My own exercise developed to force players to sub-divide each beat in triplets while playing walking Bass lines as a result internalizing the feel of swing. Setting the metronome on the last eight note of each triplet and walking quarter notes against the metronome sounds easy, try doing it.
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Playing over Chord Progressions
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If Music was a language, the chromatic scale would be our alphabet, scales and modes our words and chord progressions sentences. In order to understand the vocabulary of any stylistic idiom, one must first understand the chords and scales used as an the underlying foundation, as well as its rhythms. This pertains to Jazz, Rock, R&B, folk, and pop music.
All of our modes are derived from three Primary Scale systems. These scales and modes with the addition of the Blues Scales, whole tone and Diminished scales make up ninety percent of the Harmonic and Melodic content in all western music. This in mind, the learning and comprehension of these scales/modes and their usage, I believe to be one of the most important subjects in the study of improvisation. In fact, every great musician I have worked with has displayed a mastery of these scales and modes and developed their own vocabulary within their framework. Once one understands chord/scales the next step is to listen to how great improvisers have used them and created their own vocabulary. This process is very similar to learning how to read literature. Once we master the alphabet and word formation we learn to read and speak, opening the door of learning from books and the questions they raise. In music, our literature is the recorded music of live performances and written scores. Depending on what stylistic idiom, we are concerned with,We have a large variety of reference resources from recorded Music of the last century, the internet to sheet music.
In this first lesson I have put together all chordscales and their use.
This is part I of a three part series on learning how to play and improvise on chord progressions. This lesson is a self contained and complete lesson in it self representing on the average several years of practice to master, and will be complimented by part II and III, including an Instructional Video. To purchase this lesson, click on the paypal emblem and follow the instructions. With your payment you will recieve by download Part 1 lesson package including
1. Introduction/ Read first with directions for practicing all materials
2. The primary Scale Systems
3. All modes derived from the scales
4. Understanding secondary Dominants
5. An e link to my correspondence list for questions and general information regarding all materials in lesson I. In addition I will be sending out additional course materials in the future to all people on my e-list. Including free downloads of mp3's of my up coming CD, and a free download of my Brazil concert to all who purchase Part 1 of this improvisation course.
All Correspondence Questions.