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Improv modules method

Discussion in 'Ask Todd Johnson' started by Green1, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Green1

    Green1 Supporting Member

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    Hi Todd,

    Im really digging the new improv method! You have an uncanny way of explaining and presenting material from the ground up that is really refreshing......really great stuff! Thanks again Todd!
  2. Todd Johnson

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    I appreciate your kind words more than you know.... Glad this method is being "good" to you.

    Have fun with it!!
  3. LeonD

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    I've also started working on the improv method. Seems to make sense. I like the "wax on, wax off" concept.

    I'm working on section 1b and one thing I didn't notice is any mention of working in all 12 keys. I'm assuming this would be a good thing? My plan is to be comfortable with the 1b material in all 12 keys before going on to section 1c.

    Does this make sense?
  4. Todd Johnson

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    Yes...it makes perfect sense. But if you go farther into the video you'll see I have you play things in 12 keys with a demonstration of what to do. THEN... I have you bump up the tempos. :)

    You're welcome to do what you want, but I would highly recommend you get all the variations together in the order I present them....THEN do the 12 key exercises. I've found this to be the most advantageous way to absorb my method.

    You're developing "muscle memory"... have patience and allow yourself time to absorb everything.

    Remember that: Hard work and perseverance bring reward!!!

    Above all have fun....AND....don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of service!!
  5. GastonD

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    Brilliant course!

    Downloaded it a couple of days ago, and started playing today. Did the individual chord tones on both swing and bossa playalong...lo and behold - I spent more than half an hour practicing and it just flew by!

    I gotta hand it to you sir, you have the uncanny ability to put the information forth in a relaxed and practical manner. Along with you technique building video, you qualify among my top5 video bass instructors.
  6. Todd Johnson

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    AWESOME!! Thanks for the kind words!!

    I'm glad the video is helping you realize your goals!!

    Have fun and Happy New Year!!
  7. GastonD

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    Well, let me try his one here instead...
    OK, I have a question relating to the "utilization" of the improv module...

    Namely, am I supposed to go entirely through the module 1a (including the scale bites) before tackling the 1b with chord tones?

    Thanks!
  8. Wally Malone

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    +1 to the above praises for Todd and his improve method. I'll look at the changes to jazz tunes differently from this point on.

    Wally
  9. Wally Malone

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    Really enjoying the Improv Method more now that I got a Carvin SB5000 tuned E-C. This is much better than using a four-string.

    Wally
  10. Freddels

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    Does it have backing tracks for all the exercises in all 12 keys? I would think that would be a great way to help learn all 12 keys.
  11. Wally Malone

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    It would be good to have mp3's of the five minute ii-v-i's in all keys.

    Wally
  12. GastonD

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    Well, you can always get Aebersold's book for that particular purpose.
  13. Todd Johnson

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    There should be mp3s that come with the method (they might not be exactly 5 minutes)..... if not, let me know and we'll fix that. Cool???
  14. Wally Malone

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    I believe they move through the keys as in the video section playing each key two times. I was looking for extended time in a key to play a number of the exercises in a given key. I may have to look into the Aebersold materials recommended by GastonD.

    Thanks,

    Wally
  15. Todd Johnson

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    Wally,

    Do you have the "i Real Pro" app?? If you do you could just loop any 251 progression you'd like and be all set??? Cool??
  16. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist Supporting Member

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    I have "i Real Pro" on my iPhone and iPad, how do you create a loop?
  17. Todd Johnson

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    Highlight a chord with your finger....then drag it to the number of bars you want..... then a little "arrow going in a circle thing" comes up....touch that and your on your way... You'll get it... BRILLIANT and EASY practice tool..... Plus its great to take a section of a tune and really "work it out".... Cool???
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    Wally,

    I think Todd and I talked about and felt it would be overkill to include all of the files that would be needed. (as it is now, with all of the files in C plus the "12 keys" files, in different tempos and styles, there are 24 mp3s). The idea is to get the "shape" of the modules ingrained in the fingers/ears, then start moving it through the twelve keys. Spending extended time in each of the twelve keys shouldn't be necessary, but if it works well for you, then iRealB (or similar) is an option, or using the provided mp3s in C Maj/min and transposing them with something Amazing Slow-Downer, Transcribe, etc should work.
  19. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist Supporting Member

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    Cool. I didn't know about that. Thanks.
  20. Wally Malone

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    Thanks Rob, I'm using a Mac and not sure if the recommended transcribers work in this platform but will look it up and see what I find.

    Wally

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