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Theory and Technique One by Rhayn Jooste

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Tetrachord : scale series of four notes Legato: Bound, smooth; even passage of notes

Theory

If you have ever played scales, then you are unwittingly playing tetra chords; chances are you have never thought of scales as fragments that can be joined. These four note fragments can be connected in various ways to form larger 8 note segments, called scales. This lesson will concentrate only on 4 tetrachords:

Major 1 2 3 4 Minor 1 2 b3 4

Phrygian 1 b2 b3 4 Lydian 1 2 3 #4 (see music)

 

These can be added together to form the basis of the major scale and its modes. The tablature has been written across one string to help you learn and visualize the fragments. Aim to finger these in at least 2 – 3 different ways. An example (fingerings) of only the major tetrachord is included, you need to mould the fingerings for the others.

Modes.

Below is a chart with each mode and its two tetrachords. Each tetrachord can be added to another to form the 7 modes of the major scale. Modes are a mother scale (Ionian/major) that has 7 ways of opening: e.g. Dorian mode is 2 – 2, Aeolian is 6 – 6 etc.) Take special note that each tetrachord is conjoined with a tone (fret between) or a semi-tone (next fret) to the next. As an added bonus I have put the basic chord type these modes will work over in the last column. (see Giant Steps example)

Position Mode Tetrachord Join Tetrachord Chord
1 Ionian major

tone

major

maj7

2

Dorian

minor

tone

minor

min7

3

Phrygian

phrygian

tone

phrygian

min7

4

Lydian

lydian

semi-tone

major

maj7

5

Mixolydian

major

tone

minor

Dom7

6

Aeolian

minor

tone

phrygian

min7

7

Locrian

phrygian

semi-tone

lydian

min7b5

Finally, understand and HEAR the difference between each tetrachord and their relationship to the scale you are building. This will aid your aural skills and help identifying them when heard in musical situations.

Technique

Tetrachords work wonderfully with hammer ons and pull offs. This technique forms musical passages that are smooth and connected with little or no space between notes and not picked.

Aim for even strikes with your left hand. The right hand pluck should be at the same level in energy as your next left hand finger. The rookie mistake here is to play a passage with a loud first note and then inaudible hammers or pull offs after. There are some starter exercises for those new to this technique or those a little rusty. Remember a pull off is actually a pull down – the left hand finger plucks the string in a down ward motion. NOT pulled off the strings! That is just its technical term.

Practice these with out an amp, once you can hear all notes clearly so will the electronics in your amp and cabs. Included in the tab are some musical ideas. Most of all remember practice can be fun, so do the exercise first to warm up and then place them in musical situations and burn up the fretboard or mark the giant steps changes. The only limit is your imagination.

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Album: John Entwistle, Rarities Oxhumed – Volume Two

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Album: John Entwistle, Rarities Oxhumed – Volume Two

Rarities Oxhumed – Volume Two is the second of the series of posthumous releases coming from John Entwistle.

Rarities Oxhumed – Volume Two is a compilation that was curated by drummer Steve Luongo, who served as John Entwistle’s producer, bandmate, business partner and good friend for many years. As Luongo states, “When I agreed to do two volumes of John Entwistle rarities, I knew volume two had to be even better than volume one. It is!” The collection of songs on Volume Two are from his years with the John Entwistle Band and include re-mastered versions of studio tracks including “Endless Vacation”, alternate mixes of tracks like “Sometimes”, and live tracks including The Who cuts “Real Me”, “Long Live Rock” and an epic version of “Young Man Blues”. The latest preview track to be released is the Who cut “Had Enough.”

Listen to “Had Enough” here: push.fm/ps/hadenough

Rarities Oxhumed – Volume One was quickly embraced by longtime fans as it featured gems like “Bogey Man” featuring Keith Moon, “Where You Going Now” (demo for the Who), and a raw live version of “Trick of the Light” recorded during the John Entwistle Band’s final tour in 2001. Deko Entertainment is thrilled to have been able to bring both volumes of this unearthed music of John Entwistle to the fans and forever solidify him as one of the greatest rock musicians ever.

For more information, visit online at dekoentertainment.com/john-entwistle

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

I am sure many of you are very familiar with Mark Egan as we have been following him and his music for many years now. The last time we chatted was in 2020.

Mark teamed up with drummer Shawn Pelton and guitarist Shane Theriot to produce a new album, “Cross Currents” released on March 8th, 2024. I have been listening to this album in its entirety and it is simply superb (See my review).

Now, I am excited to hear about this project from Mark himself and share this conversation with our bass community in Bass Musician Magazine.

Photo courtesy of Mark Egan

Visit Online:

markegan.com
markegan.bandcamp.com
Apple Music
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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB…

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB – Hearing protection has always been front and center on my mind because I love music so much, I cannot imagine my life if I were unable to hear.

You might remember back in 2021, we had a good look at the Minuendo Lossless Earplugs featuring adjustable protection. This system has a lot of very good features but there was always the question of how much sound attenuation to choose.

Now, the great folks at Minuendo have come up with a new version of their earplugs that has a set 17dB noise reduction. You still get a lot of the great features of the adjustables but you just don’t have to think about the specific sound level. In addition, this new version of earplugs comes at a very attractive price point.

For more information, visit online at Minuendo.com

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

I was intrigued when The Bastard Instrument showed up on my desk… let’s dig in!

When we dive into the history of our beloved instrument, the bass, we find roots that go back as far as the 15th century. This instrument was a member of the violin family and was for the longest time, an acoustic instrument. As the years passed and music changed, there was a need for the instrument to evolve and the electric bass was born.

Comparatively, the electric bass is a relatively new instrument with its earliest appearances dating back to the 1930s and it is exciting to be an electric bass player while this history unfolds around us. Fortunately for us and future generations to come, Professor Brian F. Wright has taken on the herculean task of documenting the trajectory of the electric bass with this excellent book.

The Bastard Instrument presents an extraordinary amount of fine details about the instrument itself, the development of the amplification to handle its output, the pioneers that dared play it, the rapidly evolving music that flourished because of its presence and so much more. 

When I first started reading this book, I noticed that it felt a tad academic, like a textbook (it might be one someday) or a doctoral thesis, but to present all this information accurately, this approach is more than appropriate. Another detail that might be a bit of a spoiler is that the book only gets us up to the late ’60s. I was left wanting more as we know that so much has happened in the bass world since that time frame; I hope there is another volume in the works to get us up to the present!

All in all, “The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass” is a must-read for all of us who play electric bass and understand its essential place in music.

I found that there was a lot that I already knew but also quite a bit that I was unaware of. I believe that to know and understand where you are, you must know the history of exactly how you got here.

Highly recommended.

The Bastard Instrument is available at Amazon.com (beginning July 2024)

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