A lot of times, when referring to an interval, people will refer to it as a Number instead of the actual note. The example is that A B C# D E F# can be written as 1 2 3 4 5 6. This is effective because it easily allows you to change keys and transpose. […]
Learning scales can be difficult. There are a few tricks to going about and speeding up the process. Understand that there are also Modes, too. You’ll be happy to learn that all the chords you know, as well as the modes and scales are all related! Watch this video for some tricks and tips!
When you’re trying to ‘break the cycle’ and learn new scales (or memorize ones) then its easy to learn them by skipping strings. This is because you use different permutations while skipping strings, which forces you to learn them quicker. Its how to do it when learning a language :)
Augmented and Diminished Chords allow you to create tension in your music. Rather than simply using Major and Minor triads, you can flatten the third, or fifth intervals, and create ‘movement ‘ in your chords. Tension leads to release, and that’s how 7th Chords work, too! So watch this below and learn about these chords […]
What is a Mode? A mode is a full scale, but starting and ending on any note within a scale. Its’ purpose is to create its own unique sound and emotion. Every mode has its’ own sound. Just as I mentioned in a previous blog of how an arpeggio is a broken chord, a mode […]
OK, so yesterday I wrote a post about the Modes in music. Think of the modes as being a simple loaf of bread. Now… cut that loaf into 7 separate slices, and imagine every slice being a mode. If you combine all the slices (or modes) then you’ll realize they combine to make a whole. […]
OK well there are two questions here that I get asked alot: 1.) How can I improvise on scales/modes? The best way to simply improvise is to get a Drum Machine, or something that keeps a beat, like a metronome. As you practice, you won’t e dependant on a drummer, or soeone who will have […]