Modules Index

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The CORE: MODULES – Key Determination
In order to know which Scale Form(s) to use, we first need to determine which keys or tonal centers we are playing in. There are a number of ways to determine the key or tonal center. The following videos will give an overview.

Melody
Key Signature
First, Last and V7 Chord
Dominant 7th Chord Revisited
Advanced Melodic Concepts
Functional Harmony

The CORE: MODULES – Modes and Arpeggios

An Introduction to the 7 Modes
Modes of SF 1
Modes of SF 2
Modes of SF 3/4
Modes of SF 5
Modes of SF 6
An Introduction to Arpeggios
Triad, root up Arpeggios from the Major Scale
Triad Arpeggios from SF 1
Triad Arpeggios from SF 2
Triad Arpeggios from SF 3/4
Triad Arpeggios from SF 5
Triad Arpeggios from SF 6
7th Chord, root up Arpeggios from the Major Scale
7th Chord Arpeggios from SF 1
7th Chord Arpeggios from SF 2
7th Chord Arpeggios from SF 3/4
7th Chord Arpeggios from SF 5
7th Chord Arpeggios from SF 6

The CORE: MODULES – Building Better Bass Lines

Introduction to Building a Better Bassline
All bass lines have 3 notes
Creating a bass line – arrows and targets
Building a Better Bass Line – Roots (I-VI-IV-V)
Building a Better Bass Line – Root and Five (I-VI-IV-V)
Building a Better Bass Line – Root and Five – Country and Latin Styles
Building a Better Bass Line – Scale Forms (I-VI-IV-V)
Building a Better Bass Line – Roots, Thirds and Fifths – Country and Latin Styles
Building a Better Bass Line – Chromatic Notes (I-VI-IV-V)
Building a Better Bass Line – Scale Forms – Expansion by Limitation (I’m basically lazy) – Intro
Building a Better Bass Line – Scale Forms – Expansion by Limitation (I’m basically lazy) – SF1
Building a Better Bass Line – Scale Forms – Expansion by Limitation (I’m basically lazy) – SF2
Building a Better Bass Line – Scale Forms – Expansion by Limitation (I’m basically lazy) – SF3/4
Building a Better Bass Line – Scale Forms – Expansion by Limitation (I’m basically lazy) – SF5
Building a Better Bass Line – Scale Forms – Expansion by Limitation (I’m basically lazy) – SF6
Building a Better Bass Line – Style Application: The Blues: Uptown Up Shuffle
Building a Better Bass Line – Style Application: The Blues: Uptown Down Shuffle
Building a Better Bass Line – Style Application: The Blues: Rhumba Feel
Building a Better Bass Line – Style Application: The Blues: Slow Blues (Stormy Monday)
Building a Better Bass Line – Style Application: The Blues: Swing Blues
Building a Better Bass Line – Style Application: Rock 8th
Building a Better Bass Line – Style Application: R&B/Soul
Building a Better Bass Line – Style Application: FIngerstyle Funk
Building a Better Bass Line – Style Application: Slap Funk
Building a Better Bass Line – Style Application: Walking Jazz
Building a Better Bass Line – Style Application: Latin Jazz

The CORE: MODULES – Moving Positions

Moving Positions – Scale Form 1 to Scale Form 2
Moving Positions – Scale Form 2 to Scale Form 3/4
Moving Positions – Scale Form 3/4 to Scale Form 5
Moving Positions – Scale Form 5 to Scale Form 6
Moving Positions – Scale Form 6 to Scale Form 1

The CORE: Modules – Playing in Multiple Tonal Centers (Keys)

Playing in Multiple Tonal Centers (Keys) – Review of Relative Thinking
Playing in Multiple Tonal Centers (Keys) – Same Position, Different Scale Form
Playing in Multiple Tonal Centers (Keys) – Common Tones
Playing in Multiple Tonal Centers (Keys) – Creating Interest through the non-common tones
Playing in Multiple Tonal Centers (Keys) – Footprints
Playing in Multiple Tonal Centers (Keys) – Nostalgia in Time Square Turnaround

The CORE: Modules – Soloing

Soloing – Learning the melody and the information therein
Soloing – Revisit Footprints
Soloing – Kernels (and not popcorn)
Soloing – Motiv Development
Soloing – Embellishing the notes OR the rhythm
Soloing – Melodic Sequences
Soloing – Take a Breath
Soloing – Sing what you play
Soloing – Arpeggios vs. Scale Forms
Soloing – Adding tension and release on the V7 chord
Soloing – Soloing in Multiple Tonal Centers
Soloing – Major ii-V-I Progression
Soloing – Minor ii-V-I Progression

The CORE: Modules – Site Reading

Sight Reading – Introduction
Sight Reading – Time Signatures
Sight Reading – Key Signatures
Sight Reading – Determining Scale Form(s)
Sight Reading – Using the shapes, not names
Sight Reading – Rhythmic Notation
Sight Reading – Reading Chord Charts

THE CORE: ADVANCED TOPICS

The Pentatonic Scale
The Blues Scale
Combining the Blues, Major & Minor Pentatonic and Traditional Harmony