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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Human ScaleOme Project

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I thought perhaps I'd start a medium length project.

Basically, it starts with a written down catalogue of all the scale studies and practice I've done

up until the present time.   So far, I have the list below which now contains over 100 ways I do

"scale practice".  I propose to take a couple of these a week, write up a more detailed explanation

of them, and record a short session of them in practice and in actual use (over like

a II-V-I).

Personally, this will be a great review for me as a number of these have gotten stale and I'll need

to review them to a point where I can record a decent version as an example.   This kind of 

complete review is simply good for remembering things gone a bit dim.

Why this is important.


I thought I'd share this.  Basically I believe many simply don't understand HOW to practice scales.

This is the basic organization of a way.   At least how I do.   Simply put, this kind of practice

has done more for my soloing/improvising skill than anything I can think of.

As I started this kind of practice, I soon realized a lot of what was holding me back in terms

of soloing.   There's a LOT of movements that are avoided (generally below the level of complete

awareness), simply because they are "uncomfortable", or difficult, or just can't do them well.

In effect, you "don't know what you don't know".   So, you tend to play the same things over and

over and wonder why your playing is stale.   This kind of practice will help with that physical

aspect that limits playing skill.   You'll likely find most of the studies here are doing things with

your fingers you wouldn't "normally" do.

Additionally, these ARE scales.   As you practice these over and over your ear begins to pick up

the relationships and functions of the notes in the scale by going through studies that tend to

focus on 1 particular aspect of note relationship or another.   So, as you're developing the

muscle coordination, you're ALSO gaining a better and better understanding of how notes in

the scale function.

Further on, I'll give some more details about HOW to practice this stuff.   A lot of that you'll

get by listening to the recorded examples, but the overall approach is important to how well

you'll be able to use this kind of stuff in soloing.

The LIST (I'll be adding to it over time.  The descriptions are just shorthand notation

for my own benefit.  I'll be expanding on what they all mean)

-------------------------------------------------- ---------

I) Linear

1) Alternate

a) scale up and down

b) scale up & down w/2 note legato

c) inverted 2nds

d) inverted 2nds legato

e) 3 note braid

f) 3 note braid w/legato

g) 4 note braid

h) 4 note braid w/legato

i) linear 3rds, 2 string, vertical

j) 1-2-3-5

k) 1-2-3-5 legato

l) 1-2-3-5 in horizontal 4ths (pattern1)

m) 1-2-3-5 in horizontal 4ths (pattern2)

n) 1-2-3-5 in horizontal 4ths (pattern3)

2) Economy

a) scale up & down

b) 10 note repeat pattern on 3 strings

c) 10 note repeat pattern on 3 strings, vertical index lead

d) 10 note repeat pattern on 3 strings, vertical pinky lead

e) 13 note horizontal waterfall

f) 7 note horizontal waterfall

g) 10 note repeat pattern on 3 strings

h) 10 note repeat pattern on 3 strings, vertical index lead

i) 10 note repeat pattern on 3 strings, vertical pinky lead

j) 2 string turnarounds - 4,6,8 notes

II) Intervals

1) 3rds

a) 1-3-1

b) 1-3-1 legato

c) 1-3

d) 3-1

e) 3-1-3

f) 3-1-3 legato

2) 4ths

a) 1-4-1

b) 4-1-4

c) 1-4

d) 4-1

e) 1-4-4-1 (2 string sweep)

3) 5ths

a) 1-5-1

b) 5-1-5

c) 1-5-10 (3 string diag, alternate)

d) 10-5-1 (3 string diag, alternate)

e) 1-5-5-1 (2/3 string sweep)

4) 6ths

a) 1-6-1

b) 6-1-6

c) 1-6-6-1 (2/3 string sweep)

5) 7ths

a) 1-7-1

b) 7-1-7

c) 1-7-7-1 (3 string sweep)


1) Alternate

a) 1-3-5/5-3-1 ascend/descend

b) 5-1-3 /3-1-5(1st inv) ascend/descend

c) 3-1-5/5-1-3 (2nd inv)ascend/descend

d) 1-3-5-7/7-5-3-1 ascend/descend

e) 7-1-3-5/5-3-1-7 (1st inv)ascend/descend

f) 5-7-1-3/3-1-7-5 (2nd inv)ascend/descend

g) 3-5-7-1/1-7-5-3 (3rd inv)ascend/descend

h) 1-3-5-7/7-5-3-1 ascend/descend legato

2) Swept

a) 1-3-5 vertical back and forth 3 strings

b) 5-1-3 (1st inv triad) vertical back and forth 3 strings

c) 3-5-1 (2nd inv triad)vertical back and forth 3 strings

d) 1-3-5 4ths back and forth 3 strings

e) 5-1-3 (1st inv triad)4ths back and forth 3 strings

f) 3-5-1 (2nd inv triad)4ths back and forth 3 strings

g) 1-3-5+7 vertical  3 strings

- also +6+7

h) 7+5-3-1 vertical 3 strings

- also +6+7

i) 1-3-5+7 4ths  3 strings

- also +6+7

j) 7+5-3-1 4ths 3 strings

- also +6+7

k) 5-1-3+5 (1st inv triad)vertical 3 strings

- also +4+5

l) 5+3-1-5 (1st inv triad)vertical 3 strings

- also +4+5

m) 5-1-3+5 (1st inv triad)4ths 3 strings

- also +4+5

n) 5+3-1-5 (1st inv triad)4ths 3 strings

- also +4+5

o) 3-5-1+3 (2nd inv triad)vertical 3 strings

- also +2+3

p) 3+1-5-3 (2nd inv triad)vertical 3 strings

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