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[MUSIC]
So,
we're discussing scales and patterns now.
And we'd like to combine lots of time, in
music,
we're dealing with patterns or shapes.
So, for instance, we've been playing the C
major scale, which is just-
[MUSIC].
We've been running up the neck that way.
So, if we were to use just a few notes of
the scale and
make a pattern, for instance, the, the
first, second,
third, and fifth note of the C major
scale, it would be-
[MUSIC]
So,
with that pattern, with just that small
patter there, [SOUND] we can go through
the cycle of fifths like we just did, and
it would have this sound to it.
[MUSIC]
So,
once again, in practicing, we wanna get
into some good practices good habits,
and get our posture together, [SOUND] make
sure we don't forget to breathe,
which a lot of times we do when we try to
concentrate on notes.
Relax your shoulders, your fingers.
Shake them out.
Because, if you are getting tense and
notice that your muscles are getting a
little sore that means, you may be,
a little too stiff when you, play, and you
have to relax more.
Because, at the end of the day, you
shouldn't get stiff, or
you should just really be relaxed.
And that's where you can build up your
speed as well.
I, I notice that if I'm really tense, when
I'm playing,
I can't play as fast, as I can, when I'm
nice and relaxed.
So that's what you wanna do.
Always be concerned of your, with your
posture, and
just normal with your breathing, and with
the shape your body's in.
And later on, we'll actually practice
while we're standing.
Because we're in a sitting position now,
and it's gonna utilize different muscles.
But I usually like to practice sitting,
because I can do it for
longer periods of time, than standing.
And, lots of times,
that, they say Jaco Pastorius used to
practice while watching t.v.
So there he was, hours on end, sitting on
his couch, practicing.
And you wonder why a guy like that gets so
good.
That, that might be one of his secrets.
So, what we're gonna do, is practice again
with the, metronome.
Another thing I'm gonna say about the, the
click or metronome is,
some people don't like the sound of it or
the tone.
So, there is so many options available you
can, you can download,
many metronome apps on the iPhone or-
Or on your phone.
So I have a lot of different, click track
or metronome apps.
And you can also, change out the sounds.
So, for instance, if you, you don't like
just that click you can make that
a ride cymbal or a high add or something
that feels a little more musical to you.
So, lets go over this pattern with the-
[MUSIC]
One, two, three, five pattern.
We'll go through the cycle of, fourths
again.
And we'll use the metronome set at seventy
bpm.
Beats per minutes.
We'll play one note per, beat, and then
two notes per beat.
And remember, it's important to be able to
play this, slowly, so that,
eventually you can play it fast.
Okay?
So, here we go.
70 bpm's.
[SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
And we're back to the C.
[MUSIC]
What this does is that,
it actually works on a few things at once.
It's strengthens our fingers, and, it
works on our time so that we can you
know, when we're playing these things
we're in time with the metronome.
So now we're gonna do it, same exercise,
two notes, per beat, here we go.
[SOUND].
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
So, and you can continue and
do three notes per beat, and four notes
per beat.
And you'll see, it starts to sound really
good when you, when it gets fast.
[MUSIC]
You know,
now, what you can do also is reverse the
order of this position.
So, this becomes-
[MUSIC]
Becomes-
[MUSIC]
So what we can end up doing,
just again, to keep ourselves amused and
also, do various combinations of the same
pattern is-
[MUSIC]
And
any, any combination of the two you can
start with-
Start-
[MUSIC]
It's a, [LAUGH] it's a tongue twister, but
anyway, you get the idea, you can just mix
and
match the different combinations of the
same, same pattern.
[MUSIC]
You get the picture.
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