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post Aug 25 2014, 02:57 PM
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Hello Mr Jones! How are you? I'm starting this thread to start work on the improvisation course.

So our first module is based on Major Scales. These are the diagrams and tabs that you have to use:



Caged System:

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Hi Gab!
I'm looking forward to working with you on this!!
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Aug 25 2014, 01:05 PM) *
Hi Gab!
I'm looking forward to working with you on this!!
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Excellent! Please start working on these Week#1 exercises. Check the video replay if you want to check how to work on each thing and please share here some improvisations over the backing track.

Tomorrow I will be giving Week#2 at the Vchat so you must hurry up! biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 26 2014, 05:23 PM) *
Tomorrow I will be giving Week#2 at the Vchat so you must hurry up! biggrin.gif

Just kidding, take your time but work every day.

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I've had some fun just running through some of your suggestions and came up with a couple of nice passages! I'll record and post them either tomorrow or Friday and I'll definitely catch up with tonight's vChat tomorrow as well!
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Aug 27 2014, 01:21 PM) *
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I've had some fun just running through some of your suggestions and came up with a couple of nice passages! I'll record and post them either tomorrow or Friday and I'll definitely catch up with tonight's vChat tomorrow as well!
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Here you are Gab. I had to record in a bit of a rush so there are a couple of mistakes but I hope it shows what you need in the way of knowing the Arps and Scales in the different positions. If you'd prefer me to do video from now on then I'll do that!
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Fantastic stuff mate!! This is exactly what you need to work every day to develop your improvisation skills. I think that you are ready to combine this stuff with Week#2 of the course during this week.

Check the lesson notes and replay video HERE.

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 30 2014, 04:24 PM) *
Fantastic stuff mate!! This is exactly what you need to work every day to develop your improvisation skills. I think that you are ready to combine this stuff with Week#2 of the course during this week.

Check the lesson notes and replay video HERE.

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Thanks Gab! Will start working on that right away!!
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Aug 30 2014, 04:35 PM) *
Thanks Gab! Will start working on that right away!!
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Sep 1 2014, 12:31 AM) *
Excellent! Please keep me updated! wink.gif

Will do! I'll probably post some audio tomorrow, or wednesday. Hopefully you'll be able to listen before your vChat!
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Sep 1 2014, 11:07 AM) *
Will do! I'll probably post some audio tomorrow, or wednesday. Hopefully you'll be able to listen before your vChat!
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Ok, I'll wait for it. Have you started with Week#2? How does it feel?


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Sep 1 2014, 03:47 PM) *
Ok, I'll wait for it. Have you started with Week#2? How does it feel?

I have, it's a very different concept to all that I taught myself over the years! Although I know that the Pents come from the Major or Minor I never tended to mix the corresponding ones together!
It's been interesting to say the least!!
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Yes! It's good to see the Major Pentatonic as a Major scale with less notes. You get a different vibe playing with Pentatonic, and the goal of this first two weeks is being able to go from Major to Pentatonic smoothly, using arpeggios to follow the chords.

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I'm working on it for sure! I think I've learned more in this last 2 weeks or so than I've learned in years of playing the way I've always thought about things!
I'll post audio for you tomorrow! I've had fun, say writing a melody in Pent, then repeating the same melody but using the 4 and 6 as embellishments.then doing the opposite!
Thank you for this Gab, it's almost like learning from the start again but with more of an idea of what I'm doing and why! Wish I'd learned this sort of thing 25 years ago!! Seriously!!
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Here's this weeks study Gab!
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Sep 2 2014, 08:00 PM) *
I'm working on it for sure! I think I've learned more in this last 2 weeks or so than I've learned in years of playing the way I've always thought about things!
I'll post audio for you tomorrow! I've had fun, say writing a melody in Pent, then repeating the same melody but using the 4 and 6 as embellishments.then doing the opposite!
Thank you for this Gab, it's almost like learning from the start again but with more of an idea of what I'm doing and why! Wish I'd learned this sort of thing 25 years ago!! Seriously!!
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Here's this weeks study Gab!
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Fantastic stuff mate!! I can start to feel that your next participation on collabs will be very affected by this new way of visualizing scales shapes, sequences and arpeggios. smile.gif

The improvisation is going very good, you just have to continue practicing every day the concepts of week#1, week#2 and now incorporate concepts of week#3.

This new week I started with minor scale and minor arpeggios. This can be more familiar concepts however combining both things smoothly is very important if you want to keep on following this course so take your time to:

- Learn minor scale shapes and play random notes over the backing.
- Practice sequences
- Combine sequences with simple melodies over backing track.
- Use arpeggios and create melodies following chords I, IV and V.
- Mix arpeggios with scale to create melodies.


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Sep 4 2014, 02:11 AM) *
Fantastic stuff mate!! I can start to feel that your next participation on collabs will be very affected by this new way of visualizing scales shapes, sequences and arpeggios. smile.gif

The improvisation is going very good, you just have to continue practicing every day the concepts of week#1, week#2 and now incorporate concepts of week#3.

This new week I started with minor scale and minor arpeggios. This can be more familiar concepts however combining both things smoothly is very important if you want to keep on following this course so take your time to:

- Learn minor scale shapes and play random notes over the backing.
- Practice sequences
- Combine sequences with simple melodies over backing track.
- Use arpeggios and create melodies following chords I, IV and V.
- Mix arpeggios with scale to create melodies.

Thanks Gab! It's definitely a different way for me to look at things and visualise them and it makes sense to me now even if it didn't 20+ yaers ago! Maybe I just learn slow, eh??? smile.gif
Have watched the vChat and am starting to work on this now as well as the last 2 lessons!


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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Sep 4 2014, 12:55 PM) *
Thanks Gab! It's definitely a different way for me to look at things and visualise them and it makes sense to me now even if it didn't 20+ yaers ago! Maybe I just learn slow, eh??? smile.gif
Have watched the vChat and am starting to work on this now as well as the last 2 lessons!



Excellent! There are many ways to learn the same concepts, many ways to apply them, and that's why music is so beautiful. It's infinite, you can learn new things and find new sounds every day.

Let me know if you have any questions! Keep on practicing every day to be ready for the Week#4.


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Sep 5 2014, 02:29 PM) *
Excellent! There are many ways to learn the same concepts, many ways to apply them, and that's why music is so beautiful. It's infinite, you can learn new things and find new sounds every day.

Let me know if you have any questions! Keep on practicing every day to be ready for the Week#4.

I'm really enjoying this Minor one Gab!! You'll be pleased with what I record for you!! I'll post it up tomorrow!
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I'm really enjoying this Minor one Gab!! You'll be pleased with what I record for you!! I'll post it up tomorrow!
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