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Cello Lessons: Chord Scale: Major 7 - Ionian

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We definitely covered the major scale in
the beginner curriculum,
but the chord that we're
gonna associate it with in
jazz is the major 7 chord.
It's often the one chord,
but it doesn't have to be.
Any major 7 chord will
use the Ionian scale.
C Ionian or major, by the way,
I'm gonna be using a lot of
Greek words for these scales.
These are called the Greek modes, and
I always push up my fake glasses
when I use Greek names for scales.
You know it as the major scale, and now I
want you to know it as the Ionian scale.
The Ionian scale is the fundamental
scale for the Greek modes.
C major,
pretty straightforward.
The one thing we want to consider as we
learn all of these chord scales is to
learn them in transposable fingerings.
We could play C Ionian
very easily there.
But if we learn it in a transposable
fingering with no open strings starting on
first finger.
I'm playing one extend two four,
one extend two four, three four.
That fingering we can move
to any key in any octave.
If we start from A flat,
same exact fingering.
So we're gonna be learning all these
chord scales in transposable fingerings.
And after I identify the scale for
you, I'm just gonna improvise
a little bit over a backing track
that's included in this lesson,
and talk you through sort of the feel and
use for C Ionian.
Just play up the scale
once to hear
the sound of every note.
Try your transposable fingering.
And then just explore
the sounds of the scale.
In addition to jamming
alone with this backing track,
there's another backing
track, in a swing feel,
that's gonna help
prepare you for jazz.
But also, our continuous
rhythmic improv exercises, and
the guide tone improv exercises
from the beginner curriculum,
will apply to all of the course skills
that we go through in this series.