Connecting 7th arpeggios with scales

This is a great exercise that not only will improve your articulation, but will better your understanding of 7th arpeggios and how to connect them in a musical manner. Watch the video and download the file, it is pretty much self explanatory. After you have learnt the exercise, there are two things you can do… Continue reading Connecting 7th arpeggios with scales

Interval Color for Soloing

One of the ways to fight ‘patterns’ playing is to explore all the intervals you can find in a scale. It is a really easy concept you can apply to ANY scale. This is also a great exercise for your chops. Try to practice more with your ears than your fingers…enough said. If applied to… Continue reading Interval Color for Soloing

Adding Chromatic Approach Notes

This video is pretty much self explanatory. Chromatic approach notes are just notes that live half a step above or below the note we want to target. We can put together more than one approach note and string them together to do a more complex approach. Usually the target note will be a chord tone… Continue reading Adding Chromatic Approach Notes

2-5-1 Pt2:Examples

Just some examples on the 2-5-1 (to be ‘proper’ I should write II-V-I ) progression in C major, using only notes from the major scale. Remember the harmonic rhythm concept: strong notes on strong beats. I definitely advice recording yourself and criticize your playing in a positive way. There is no point in saying ‘that… Continue reading 2-5-1 Pt2:Examples