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Go the 7

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:13 pm
by foal30
for players with suspect or at least less than satisfactory ears I recomend
Going the 7 to help remedy or at least improve this problem.
My ability to "hear" different chords/identify notes has come on in leaps and bounds once I included this in a regular practice regime.
I sure wish I had started these sort of exercises years ago, instead of "yeah I can play that ,Next!" sort of attitude.

so the basic form is;

Bbmaj7 arpeggio (try and walk it, jazz style)

Bb D F A
D F A Bb
F A Bb D
A Bb D F

this "spells out" the 4 notes nicely.
move up chromatic or in 3rds from here
try descending them too.

Part 2 is min7
same thing , different spelling and the b7 really sings out

Bb Db F Ab
Db F Ab Bb
F Ab Bb Db
Ab Bb Db F


I guess it's learning exercises properly, as above I should have been more onto this sort of thing years ago.Try writing the notes on the stave and reading as you play too, double your pleasure.

Hopefully this helps somebody.

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:08 pm
by beagle
Nice post! That's great stuff. Cheers :)

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 10:18 am
by Randomplay
Yea dude... i appreciate this sort of thing... thanx 8)

Re: Go the 7

Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 3:25 pm
by foal30
a lot of James Brown lines are useful here.
mainly 7 chords (dominant).

just an idea to apply in a musical setting...