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Jazz Basics, Thoughts on Fingerings.
I would like to take the opportunity
to clarify a few things on fingerings.
'Cause sometimes I get questions from
students and especially new students,
you know, starting studying my
concepts and my curriculum.
And my concept regarding fingerings
is of course I'm trying to
break loose from the boxes,
not using that many set fingerings.
And like, I'm teaching within
some of these lessons I,
I take like a major scale, and
practice that scale on one string.
And then I'll take the next string and
so on.
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Do like this.
And, and
maybe not even look at the guitar neck,
just trying to hear these
intervals going up and down.
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And
then you can try to connect it after
awhile, like I'm doing like this.
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Breaking out of,
of these fingerings,
really trusting your ear.
But, of course, this will be difficult
if you're like an absolute beginner.
So, if you go to the basic,
guitar basic section and
check out a lesson called, first you can.
Check out the lesson called Major Scale,
the Major Scale part one.
Then I'm talking about this concept,
how I am thinking.
And and the way I like to practice,
like on one string here,
and getting to,
used to the intervals, hearing them.
And then you can go to the lesson
called The Major Scale part two.
And this is a good one 'cause here I'm
actually showing a, a few basic shapes.
'Cause it's good to have a few basic
shapes at first when you're starting
to visualize and trying to memorize
what it looks like on the guitar and I.
'Cause we have the possibility to,
to, to visualize.
So there I'm teaching quite few set
fingerings for scales all over the neck.
So that might get,
get you started in a, in a good way.
The reason I'm not a big fan of,
of fingerings is that it will easily
turn into a muscle memory thing.
That your fingers will start
moving the way they're used to.
It should be, it should come from here.
You hear something and then,
you make it happen on the guitar.
Instead of just fingers are moving
a typical way they're used to moving.
And also,
you might also stay in the same position.
And this,
if you're in a position like this.
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You have one octave.
One, two a little bit more than two.
And that will limit you a little bit.
If I play freely, like.
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Sliding up and
using the whole neck, I might have
a span of one, two, three, here, four.
Even more than four octaves.
So, but
it takes awhile to get to that point.
So, I would recommend you to check
out some of these basic fingerings.
That I'm teaching in, within that
lesson and that might get you started.
You can even choose three
notes per string like this.
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Or find other ways of doing it.
With like two notes on some strings and,
and three notes on some strings.
I'm, I'm teaching both versions.
Both, both alternatives
within that lesson.
What else can I say?
Yeah.
So, so when, when you go further on and
get into the jazz block.
Then remember that all these
modes that I'm showing later.
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For instance,
Ionian if we're in key of G major Ionian.
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And then Do,
Dorian, starting from the second step.
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Phrygian.
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Lydian.
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Mixolydian.
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Aeolian.
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Sorry.
Here we go.
And then Locian.
These are all inversions of,
of G major scale.
So once you know these basic fingerings.
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You can actually start if you're
gonna play A Dorian you start on
the second step and play from A to A.
The same set of notes.
You know the G major scale.
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From A to A instead of G to G.
And then Phrygian you start on
the B instead and go from B to B.
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And
Lydian you start on, on C and go from C.
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From C to C.
From D to D.
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For Mixolydian and for
Aeolian you go from E to E.
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And then for
Locrian you go from F sharp to F sharp.
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So once you've learned these
basic fingerings, these shapes for,
for the major scale.
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You can use them for the other modes too.
And go to the jazz block and
if you're interested what,
what modes really, what it really is.
I'm explaining it carefully there.
Here I'm just you know,
covering a little bit of that topic,
showing that these same
fingerings if you know.
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If you know how to play a G major scale.
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All over the neck like this in a few
different positions.
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And so on.
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You can start like on different notes,
and, and it will be a different mode.
So, a G major scale.
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Starting here, but
if you start on F sharp and go to F sharp.
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You'll have an, an F sharp Locrian scale.
If you start on a, can do it up here.
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You have a, a Dorian scale.
So, if you're a beginner or,
or an intermediate player
get used to the, these some of these
fingerings and, and learn them so
you have something to grasp,
something to start with.
But as soon as you learn
them then let it go and, and
practice it on one string trying to hear
the intervals of each scale and mode, and
trying to, like, really feel it.
And, and that you can practice
more on the one string.
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Doing this stuff.
And then you can try to connect it.
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Then, then you'll be really free.
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When
creating melodies that will span over,
like, the whole guitar neck.
So check out those lessons and
get started.
Thank you.
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