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Jazz Improvisation With Andrea Fascetti: Master Your Fingerboard Part XIII

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HI MY FRIENDS!

IT’S REALLY GREAT TO BE HERE AGAIN AND I’M HAPPY TO BE A MEMBER OF THIS AWESOME STAFF. I REALLY LIKE THIS MAGAZINE; FANTASTIC IDEAS AND INCREDIBLY TALENTED MUSICIANS HERE!

I HOPE YOU’VE WORKED OVER THE CHORDS I MENTIONED IN THE LAST ISSUE. I REPEAT OVER-AND-OVER THAT I KNOW THAT THIS IS HARD WORK; I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I STUDIED THESE EXERCISES… I WANTED TO STOP PLAYING!

I’M SURE BY NOW YOU HAVE NOTICED THAT THIS IS A PROGRESSIVE SERIES OF EXERCISES… SO PLEASE, EVERY TIME, GO BACK AND REVIEW MY FIRST LESSON AND SUBSEQUENT LESSONS.

IN THE LAST LESSON WE USED DOMINANT SEVENTH CHORDS WITH A SHARP 5 AND NOW IT’S TIME TO PRESENT THE LAST NEW “FRIEND” THAT IS CALLED C7 b5! THIS IS THE LAST LESSON OF THIS GROUP, SO STAY TUNED BECAUSE IN NEXT MONTH’S LESSONS WE WILL WORK OVER SOME REALLY COOL STUFF!

OK, AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT:

EX.1 TAKE A C7 b5 TWO OCTAVE ARPEGGIO (C E Gb Bb C E Gb Bb Gb E C Bb Gb E C) UP AND DOWN THE FINGERBOARD AND FORCE YOURSELF TO PLAY IT VERY SLOWLY, AND WITHOUT A METRONOME. SAY THE NAMES OF THE NOTES WHILE PRACTICING. REMEMBER, NO GROOVE–NOTHING–ONLY YOU AND THE NOTES! NOW START TO PRACTICE ALL THE NOTES USING ONLY ONE STRING (WHEN POSSIBLE), THEN TWO STRINGS, THEN THREE STRINGS, AND FINALLY FOUR STRINGS! PRACTICE THIS OVER AND OVER AGAIN UNTIL YOU’VE ABSORBED THE INFORMATION, AND YOUR FINGERBOARD HAS BECOME YOUR BEST FRIEND. THEN YOU CAN INCREASE SPEED AND TAKE IT TO A FASTER LEVEL. THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO LEARN YOUR FINGERBOARD, AS WELL AS YOUR ARPEGGIOS AND SCALES. I SUGGEST YOU SING ALONG WITH ALL NOTES WHILE YOU’RE PRACTICING, TO OPEN UP YOUR EARS.

Ex.2 REVIEW ALL PAST LESSONS!!!

HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON

CIAO!!!

ANDREA

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