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Jazz Improvisation With Andrea Fascetti: Ear Training Part 3

HI MY “BASS” FRIENDS!

SUMMER IS COMING AND FOR MANY OF US IT IS REALLY HARD PRACTICING BASS. HOWEVER, YOU KNOW THAT I’M CRAZY, AND I THINK THAT ALL SEASONS ARE VERY GOOD TO PLAY MY INSTRUMENT. I PRACTICE BASS EVERY DAY…. WHICH IS WHAT MY TEACHER CHARLIE BANACOS RECOMMENDED TO ME A LONG TIME AGO, TO PLAY EVERY DAY AND I DO!

IF HOT WEATHER “KILLS” YOU MY FRIEND, I SUGGEST AN EXERCISE THAT I DISCOVERED MANY YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS ON THE BEACH DURING MY HOLIDAY TIME.

I DO NOT LIKE BEING WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING, SO I STARTED THINKING NOTES INSIDE MY HEAD. I NOTICED THAT I WASN’T SURE ABOUT INTERVALS! SO I DISCOVERED A GOOD PRACTICE TO DO WITHOUT MY BASS. WHEN I RETURNED HOME, I RECORDED A TAPE WITH A SERIES OF RANDOM INTERVALS AND I TRIED TO RECOGNIZE IT. AFTER WORKING ON IT, WHEN I WAS IN A CAR OR WHEN I WALKED ON THE STREET, I WOUKD SING THE NOTES IN MY HEAD TRYING TO IDENTIFY IT.

THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO PRACTICE WITHOUT THE INSTRUMENT…. REMEMBER THAT MUSIC IS AN “AURAL” ART!

SO IF YOU TIRED TO PLAY OR YOU’RE BORED DOING SAME TRICKS, TRY TO DO THIS SIMPLE EXERCISE AS IT HELPS YOU TO PRACTICE IN AN UNCONVENTIONAL WAY AND YOUR EARS WILL BECOME MORE OPEN TO THE MUSIC.

OK,NOW IT’S TIME FOR HOMEWORK.:

RECORD A SERIES OF RANDOM INTERVALS (TAKE A LOOK TO PAST LESSONS ABOUT EAR TRAINING)AND TRY TO IDENTIFY IT).

YOU CAN DO THIS EXERCISE WHEN YOU’RE NOT AT HOME, JUST SINGING TWO INTERVALS INSIDE YOUR HEAD AND TRYING TO RECOGNIZE IT.

HAVE A GOOD PRACTICE!

CIAO

ANDREA

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