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Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by jackaroe, May 20, 2002.
After learning the C Major scale, what do u guys think is the next important/most used to learn?
If you know your c major scale then learn its modes. A mode is simply the same scale starting on a different scale degree. For instance the first mode is the C major scale (ionian), the second (dorian) is still C major but starts on D. It keeps going from there. You will find that once you get to the 6th scale degree you have your relative minor. Its still the Cmajor scale but its also the sixth mode which in turn means its a minor, in this case A minor. Practice your modes up and down the neck. Get familiar with them. The you can start doing double octaves of each of those modes to really learn it. Once you know the C major up and down the neck you can transpose to any key you like, meaning that the patterns you learnt will be the same they will just start on different notes. Then you can practice your scales in all keys. This is just a start, but a good one. It will help become familiar major interval relationships and help you with your speed and dexterity. If you can, play them over a metronome to become fluid and agile. Theres plenty to learn but if you can do this you've gotten farther than a lot of people.
but to answer ur question in a simpler form after cmaj i would learn G and use the cirlce of fifths to go from there.
Then after that learn how to play minor scales, then after that learn how to play major and minor pentatonic scales and the blues scale.
I have a lesson:
That's not a bad place to get some learnin'!
And don't forget, besides playing these scales, really train your ear on what you're hearing.
I just read your "lesson".
Very clear and comperhensive!
Ya i must agree, before i got a teacher and when i was first learning scales and such that really got me on the right track.
Thank you guys, I appreciate the support. I'm thinking of writing a second one.
If I may suggest a topic?
How about a lesson / analysis on the basics of writing a song. You know the stuff: Tonic, Dominant, A section, B section, Bridge, Form, specific chords imply a style, etc., etc.
I've just had a quick look through your lesson Jazzbo - great work. It is clearer and easier t comprehend than several books I've seen.
I'll have a good work through it when I get home!!
That's not a bad idea at all. Although I might admit, I'm not much of a rock song writer, all the tunes I've written were jazz. Hmmm, it's a good idea though.
Great lesson. With regards to new topics I'm trying to develop my jazz chops and was wondering if you could go into some of the transitions and movements. Like the ii,V,i stuff and how to work modes into bass lines.