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Jazz Guitar Lessons: Melodic Fragments

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Melodic Fragments.
So we've talked a lot about playing,
using arpeggios and
chord tones through, a song.
And using neighbor tones in and
around those chord tones.
And I've talked about rhythmic values,
and trying to change things up that way.
One thing I'd like to touch on now
is picking a certain pattern, and
playing it through through a song.
Way back at the beginning of the
curriculum, I talked about the Coltrane
pattern of 1-2-3-5 [SOUND] And when we get
to Giant Steps, we talk about it more.
But that's an example of a,
a little fingering pattern that you
can play through a progression,
that will alter from chord to chord
because of what the chord is.
If it's a minor chord,
you know if it's a major chord it's
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if it's a minor chord
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If it's a minor 7 flat 5 it will be
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et cetera, et cetera.
So you wanna take this and move it through
the different tonal centers of the song.
And then try different fingerings.
For example, if you're playing
through All The Things You Are.
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You could start on your pinky one time.
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Start on your second
finger
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Start on your first finger
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All over the neck try to find
different ways of doing each thing.
So I'll, Ill do a play along with this and
show you some of the ideas.
But some of the patterns you can do.
You, feel free to make up your own.
That's the whole idea.
Sometimes I do there's an actual exercise,
exercise that I do.
Where you take a certain pattern
of an interval, for example, and
do it in all different directions.
I'll give you an example.
If I'm in the key of A flat like I am in
for All The Things You Are, I can do 3rds.
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And then a lot of times,
then people will go.
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But actually,
that's a different direction.
Right?
So
when I get to the end of
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the up 3rd.
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I still go up even
though I'm descending.
Right?
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then, I'll do all descending.
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that's a different kind
of a pattern and, and do it in,
in each of the six positions.
It's a really good exercise.
Let's mix it up in the next position.
I'll go up one and down the other.
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Right?
And then maybe down and then up.
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Let's do it in a different position.
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That's with the pinky position on
the fifth string.
So you get the idea,
take these things, discover a pattern.
I can recommend a book here called
Nicolas Slonimski's Thesaurus
of Melodic Scales and
Patterns I think is what it's called.
If you look up the Slonimski
book you'll find it, believe me.
It's a pretty amazing book.
It shows every pattern and
every convolution that you can think of.
It'll probably take you three lifetimes
to get through the whole thing.
But I do that, I do this little exercise
of patterns with just with intervals for
example on every interval.
For example I'll spend, some days
I'll just say okay, it's time for
me to practice my interval patterns.
And I'll take, you know, 4ths.
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And do it, you know, up.
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Up and down.
Down and then up.
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All down is difficult.
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That's hard on guitar.
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But, these are good tongue twister,
finger twisters, I call them.
You know, to, to go through on the guitar.
And then, the scale fragments, you know,
like the 1-2-3-5, that I already said.
You could reverse that.
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Et cetera.
Start on 5 and, and go down.
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Right, just right down the scale but
in the opposite direction.
Or you can go
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5-4-2-3-1.
Right so that would be.
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You see what I'm doing there?
So that, that's a good pattern to know.
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1-4-2-3-5.
But of course you can make up your own,
I would love to hear yours 'cause I'm
always looking for new patterns to try.
So send in your videos and I'll,
I'll have a response for you and
I appreciate all, all the work and
research you can do on my behalf.
I use a lot of standards to practice on
but some of them really find a place for
me in my heart and this one
If I Were a Bell is a special one.
I'm gonna play on that,
I'm gonna take some of the concepts
that we've talked about here.
Playing melodic fragments and patterns
through a set of chord changes and
play it on If I Were a Bell.
It also has a modulation in the middle.
And I'll talk about that
before we start it too.
So, have fun with the the pattern idea.
The melodic fragment idea.
Try to find as many different fingerings
as you can across the neck of the guitar.
Use your Know Your Neck technology.
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Playing it from each place it occurs on
the neck.
And let's see how you do with it.
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