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[MUSIC]
Now we're gonna start in
the middle of the neck and encompass
the second and third positions.
We're gonna go into harmonic minor and
melodic minor.
And I'm gonna give you six of the keys,
and
then I want you to go and
do the rest yourselves.
But this is gonna be a good exercise for
you because now you're
gonna learn how to start in
the middle of the neck and go across.
Okay,so it's kind of a horizontal way
that we're gonna go through it now, so
check it out.
Here's A harmonic minor, A harmonic minor.
One, three, four.
One, three, four.
One, two.
One, three, four.
One, three, four.
Three, four.
Let's try that again.
One, three, four, one,
three, four, one, two.
One, three, four, one.
Three, four, four, three, four, three,
one, four, three, one and than shift two,
four, two, one, four, three, one, so
if you play a little, it sounds like this.
[MUSIC]
Very melodic,
even though it's called harmonic.
[LAUGH] Harmonic minor, so that's good,
that's A harmonic minor, and
that's in extended fingering, so
you're sort of like going horizontally.
Now, A melodic minor in the same spot,
now we're talking one, three, four, one,
two, four, one, two,
one, three, four, one,
three, four, three, four, three, four,
three, so, three, four, four, three, four.
Four, three, one two one four two yeah
four three one so lets try that again one
three four one two four one two one three
four one three,four, three,four,
four,three, four,three,one,four,three,one,
two,one,four,two,one,four, three, one.
[MUSIC]
So that's the A melodic minor
across on that zone of the neck.
Now let's do B flat harmonic minor.
Again this is across one three
one three four one three
four one two one three four
one three four three four.
Let's try that again.
One three four one three four one
two one three four one three four
three four four three four three one
four three one two, one, four,
three, one, four, three, one
[MUSIC]
so that's that.
Now B flat, melodic minor,
in the same zone, right in here.
One, three, four, one,
two, four, one, two,
one, three, four, one,
three, four, three, four,
four, three, four, three,
one, four, three, four.
Two, one.
[MUSIC]
Yeah.
Two, one, four, two,
one, four, three, one.
It's going backwards,
looking at the paper sometimes is harder
than just playing it for me, here we go,
[MUSIC]
see there it is.
So again, one, three,
four, one, two, four,
one, two, one, three, four,
one, three, four, three, four.
Four, three, four, three,
one, four, three, one,
two, one, four, three, four,
two, one, four, three, one.
Okay now B minor.
[MUSIC]
So,here we might as
well keep going up with
that same fingering.
In my printout here I have it
ending in the second position, but
we can go into third
position a little bit.
And not worry about it.
Okay so we're gonna go.
Let's do it from B.
[MUSIC]
B harmonic.
One, three, four, one, three, four, one,
two, one, three, four, one, three, four.
Three, four.
Same fingering as before.
[MUSIC]
four, three, three, yeah,
four, three, four, three, one,
four, three, one, two, one, four,
three, one, four, three, one,
[MUSIC]
and here is B melodic minor.
[MUSIC]
four, one, three,
four, one, three, four,
four,it's one, three, four, one.
Three, four, one, two, one,
three, four, one, three.
Four, four, three, four.
Four, three, four, three,
one, four, three, one.
Two, one.
[MUSIC]
Four, three, two, one, four, three, one.
Sometimes I use two instead
of three coming down.
So coming down, four, three,
four, three, one, four, three,
one, two, one, four, two, one,
four, three, one, so that,
again, melodic minor,
[MUSIC]
okay.
So now we're just gonna go up,
same fingering for
C, the C melodic minor and
the C harmonic minor.
It's the same one as we've been doing now.
Here's the harmonic minor.
One, three, four, one, three,
four, one, two, one, three, four,
one, three, four, three, four.
Four, three.
Four, three, one.
Four, three, one, two,
one, four, three, one.
Four, three, one.
Okay, so that's the same fingering, and
the melodic minor will be the same.
One, three, four, one,
three, four, one, two,
one, three, four, one,
three, four, three, four.
Three, four, three, four,
three, one, four, three, one.
[LAUGH] Two, one, four,
two, one, four, three, one.
That's just using the same
fingerings over and
over to show you that once you learn
a good fingering, you can use it.
And it's, it'll work, I'm gonna,
I'm actually gonna do a couple more,
okay, so now let's try D flat.
We only have a couple more to go.
So D flat harmonic minor.
One, three, four, one,
three, four, one, two,
one, three, four, one,
three, four, three, four,
four, three, four,
three, one, four, three,
one, two,one,four,three,one,four,three,one
[MUSIC]
again the same thing,so now melodic
minor,
one,three,four,one,three,four,one,two,one-
,three,four,one,three,four,three,four.
Four, three, four, three,
one, four, three, four,
two, one, four, two,
one, four, three, one.
It's the same thing we've been doing.
So now we're gonna do
the last one of this, and
then you're gonna work on these I'm
gonna give you one hint because
you're gonna have to move up to the,
back to the A string to do the next batch.
But actually, let's move up
to the A string [COUGH] yeah,
let me just give you the D, we'll use
the same fingering on the D here,
but on the E flat we'll
move up to help you,
here we go, this is D harmonic minor,
one, three, four, one, three, four.
One, two, one, three,
four, one, three, four,
three four,
four three four three one four three one
two one four three one four
three one no problem right?
It's the same fingering
that we've been doing.
Now, same one for, now we'll use the
melodic minor one that we've been using.
One, three, four, one,
three, four, one, two,
one, three, four, one,
three, four, three, four,
four, three, four,
three, one, four, three,
one two, one, four, two,
one, four, three, one.
Okay?
So now we've done all the way up to D.
Am gonna give you I think it starts
to get a little boomy on the E
flat if you stay up here.
So now I'm gonna give you one.
[MUSIC]
I'm gonna
give you one.
Here from E flat you'll be able to
do E flat and E on a regular bass,
and then you'll run out of room.
And then,
you'll have to come back down here and
do a two octave version, starting
from the lower notes to finish out.
Okay?
You understand we'll have to do, in other
words, I can take you as far as E flat,
You can use the same fingering for
E to start here on the A string but
then you're gonna have to go F,
F sharp, G, G sharp and A.
A will be back around
to where you started.
Okay?
So, here's E flat,
now we're gonna start on A string.
So, one, three, four, one, two, four,
one, three, four, one, three, four.
four,
three,one,four,three,one,four,two,one,f-
our, two,one,four,two, one
[MUSIC]
okay that's good,
that's also feel good for
E, same fingering.
[MUSIC]
Okay?
So that's your melodic minor.
I'll give you the E-flat harmonic,
and then you can do the rest,
from the A string, one, three, four,one,
three, four, one, two, four, one.
[MUSIC]
Three, four.
One, three, four, four, three, one.
Four, three, one, four, two, one.
Four, three, one, four, three, one.
[MUSIC]
You can also
use that one for E.
I'll do it one more time,
one, three, four, one,
three, four, one, two, four, one.
Three four one, three four,
four three one,
four three one, four two one,
four three one, four three one.
Okay.
So now you can take that up and
do that same fingering for
the melodic minor and
the harmonic minor I just did on E.
And then I want you to practice starting
from the low F to do your two octave
melodic minor and harmonic minor scales.
I want you to come up with
fingerings that make sense.
I think I've given you enough
tools to do that now and
I would like to see how
you fare with that, okay?
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
So the last thing I want you to work on,
is to go back now and
start your major scales,
two octaves from the lowest
note on your instrument.
Now, I want you to do it like this so you
wind up playing the modes of the scale.
In other words,
start with the key of C, and
start with the C major scale from the
lowest note on the bass that makes sense.
So you'd be starting from a low E.
And that would get you the Phrygian mode,
the third mode of the major scale.
Then you would say, okay, let's start on,
let's go to the key of F major and
start on the lowest note in
the bass that fits, again, E.
Except now you're playing the Locrian,
cuz you're playing the seventh degree
of the scale, and going up two octaves.
This is just to give you a sense of
how the scale sounds different if
you start from a different place.
So, I want you to be able
to go through the keys.
So in other words,
I'll map it out for you.
You can do C major, starting on E.
F major, starting on E.
B-flat major, starting on F, low F.
E-flat major, starting on low F.
A-flat major, starting on low F.
D-flat major, starting on low F.
G-flat major, starting on low F,
and going all the way up.
B-major, starting on low F-sharp,
or even starting on low E.
B major starting on low E.
Then E major starting on E.
And then A major, starting on E.
D major starting on E.
G major starting on E.
And then you're back to C major again.
You're going to be finding
the modes by doing this.
And I want you to go back then, and
go back to the theory segment, and
make sure you know which mode you played.
Okay?
All right, that's a good assignment for
you to do.
Good luck with that,
I'm sure you'll do well.
[MUSIC]