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Cello Lessons: 2 Octave Melodic Minor Scale & 7th Arpeggio Routines

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Depending on who you are and
your values in life you
may have a different idea
of what the melodic minor scale should be.
Classical musicians play the melodic
minor differently ascending as they
do descending, and jazz musicians actually
play it the same way up and down.
So sometimes the jazz version
is called jazz melodic minor.
Let's start with that,
because that is what makes,
that version is what
makes the scale unique.
So if we were in the key of F
the differences between F major and
F melodic minor are obviously we need to
flat the third to make it a minor scale.
And as we keep walking up we're
gonna halve a sharp sixth.
That's a D natural.
And a sharp seven it's an E
natural before we hit the F.
So really the only note that's
different between a major scale and
a jazz melodic minor
scale is the flat third.
Then we play that with the drone up and
down the octave so
you can hear what it sounds like.
The classical version,
on the way down, actually
changes to natural minor,
so the sharp six and
the sharp seven become
flat six and flat seven.
Let me play you how that
will sound within context.
So this is the ascending version.
And now the descending.
[SOUND] The reason for
this in classical music is that melodies,
when they're going up,
often want to keep reaching up.
And that's why [SOUND]
by sharping the six and
seven they lead us to
the octave at the top.
[SOUND] And on the way down,
the flat sixth and
seventh help us to keep going down.
[SOUND] Down to the C.
[SOUND] You can practice
the scale either way.
It's good to practice changing on
the way down as you go on the way up.
I personally tend to practice it
more just in the jazz version,
the melodic the ascending version,
because that's gonna be coming in
more handy in improvisation,
specifically in the jazz curriculum.
But the routine I'll want you to do for
this scale,
either the classical version or the jazz
version, is I think you can guess by now,
to play with the drone and the metronome
at whole notes, half notes, quarters.
Eights, triplets, and sixteenths you
can do it with a metronome at 60.
Let me just show the arpeggio as well,
that you can add to that routine.
So, we're gonna do the ascending
version of the seventh arpeggio.
So we have a minor third.
[SOUND] And a major seven.
That's called a minor major arpeggio which
although it sounds noncommittal,
the minor is referring
to the third and
the major is referring to the seventh.
So practice this scale.
You could practice like if played
it starting on fourth finger,
You don't have to shift until
this third here
And you can also practice it
starting on first finger, and
you shift to third finger on that seventh,
to first finger.
That's the minor major arpeggio and
the melodic minor scale.