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Melodic Minor TP lick - fingering advice please

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by Bass_Machine, Sep 10, 2018.


  1. Bass_Machine

    Bass_Machine

    Oct 29, 2004
    UK
    Hi all,

    Working on some melodic minor exercises up in thumb position, trying to work the arpeggios. It's really kicking my ass so I must be onto something practising this stuff!

    Does anyone have a good fingering for this passage? I can't settle on anything I like consistently....trying to play it across G, D and A strings.

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    More generally, how do people tend to approach melodic minor stuff in thumb position - are there particular favoured scale shapes you have? I'm quite comfortable with a few approaches to similar exercises with major harmony, but melodic minor really trips me up!
     
  2. Bass_Machine

    Bass_Machine

    Oct 29, 2004
    UK
    Well, I have settled on a preferred fingering on my own, and will reply to myself in case anyone else ever has the same issue and finds it via the search function :)

    My fingering is based on the Michael Moore system (Melodic Playing In The Thumb Position, recommended reading as it’s a good reference).

    My way of writing will be Note-Finger-String, and I number the fingers T 1 2 3.

    This is one of MM’s positions (B natural under finger 2 on G string):

    G-T-G Eb-1-D C-2-A A-T-A
    A-1-G F-2-D D-T-D B-1-A
    B-2-G G-T-G Eb-1-D C-2-A

    This is the next position (B natural under finger 2 on D string):

    C-T-G A-1-D F-2-A D-T-A
    D-1-G B-2-D G-T-D Eb-1-A
    Eb-2-G C-T-G A-1-D F-2-A

    The last arpeggio I stretch to cover a 4th on the G string, rather than shifting to a new position:

    F-3-G D-1-G B-2-D G-T-D


    There - hope that’s handy to someone.

    I’ll post a possibility across two strings which I also started to prefer consistently over others, but will do that later!
     
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  3. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    Your fingering notation is kind of confusing because the string names and note names use the same letter type.
     
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