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Cello Lessons: G Minor Pentatonic - Improvisation

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Now that we're familiar with the notes of
G pentatonic minor,
let's start exploring it creatively,
and we're gonna start improvising.
One new way I want you to start
improvising is with patterns.
It's kind of like the sequence idea we've
been talking a lot about with some of
the melodies we've been learning.
I wanna teach you a couple
patterns in G pentatonic minor.
Let's do it by ear,
call and response style.
I'm gonna do a three
note ascending pattern.
Play that.
Now, I'm gonna keep doing the three note
ascending pattern using only
notes in G pentatonic minor,
and I'm going to start from
each of the notes in the scale.
So the next part of the pattern
would sound like this.
And followed by this.
Starting from C.
Than we start from D.
Starting from F.
And we end from G again.
Running patterns through scales while
you're improvising is a great way
to get to know the relationship and
really start to hear the quality
of the scale as a whole.
So let me play up and
down the scale in this three-note pattern.
I'll come
back down.
This is a great scale to do
it with cuz you really wanna get
used to hearing the missing,
skipping over these missing notes
that would be in a G minor scale.
The second scale degree and
the sixth scale degree.
Those are the notes we're skipping,
so we wanna get used to hearing them.
Let's learn one more pattern.
How about a four note ascending riff?
It'll sound like this.
Play that with with me.
Three, four.
If I do four notes ascending through
the scale, it'll sound like this.
You can join me after you
hear it a couple times.
I'll come
When you start playing patterns,
the hard thing to do mentally
is you have to start
keeping track of multiple
levels at the same time.
You have to make sure that
when you're walking down,
that you're doing four notes and
that they're all in the scale.
But while you're ending on G, for
instance, you have to also remember
the note that you started from, and
then count down one scale degree in
order to start the next pattern.
So this is gonna start to work,
what I would call, like,
a three dimensional brain space,
with the scale.
We're no longer always going
in one direction only, but
we're sort of keeping track of multiple
parts of the scale at the same time.
If you practice these patterns, it's gonna
help you when you're improvising a lot.
Because you're gonna start to hear
the scale on a much deeper level.
Try improvising in this
scale over the drone and
you can add the metronome, of course,
to work on some rhythm and
even explore how it sounds
over the Jazz backing track.