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Octave Explorer [all sessions] • Octave Explorer is learning system which uses the octave structures in standard tuning for the basis of exploration. We are using each of them [there are 7] to improvise and to create melodies/chords. We are using a set of maps and our imagination to create music. By relying on our own process of discovery, we get to know our fretboards, really well, at the same time we learn what our resonant musical inclinations are [personal style building]. OE: Start … Ground: 4 Things • Skeleton • Rhythmic • Exercise • Jam • Numera
Strumming a Song All the Way Through • Being able to strum a song all the way through, without missing a change, is what ‘officially’ makes us intermediate guitar players. It is absolutely essential that we can do this. It makes us ‘band-ready’, reliable rhythm players.
Being Musical with A Tones Only • • Our challenge here is to make music with a single tone, anywhere on the board. In this session, we will use A. We experiment with bouncing around on A tones.
Quality of Consciousness • There is so much in the world. A cascade of information bombards us continuously. We can easily be in more than one world in any given moment…
Shared Space • The sheer spectral range of guitar styles is astounding. Think of the multitudinous volume of expression which exists in the guitar’s rich history…
Big Blank Tablature Sketchbook • Blank tab book. Get your copies: Amazon | CreateSpace
Creativity Lock • Sometimes, we need just one more number to open the creativity lock. Other times, we need to discard two numbers, gain three, and the lock opens.
G Em C D in 5 Positions • Core Challenge: Voice G-Em-C-D in P1, P3, P5, P7, P10.
C Major Chord Scale in 5 Positions • This is a solid challenge. We are playing the C Major chord scale in 5 positions as a sonic chain.
8 Questions from 8 Perspectives • These are 8 questions to address the inside & outside views of each of our 4 zones. They are general questions which can be asked of any given moment/event.
Numera • Numera is the term I use for the tone numbering system which calls the root of the system, zero.
Drum Track One for Fixed Form 50 This track is in 4/4 time at 79 on the metronome, which is just over 2 and 1/2 minutes. The 50 beat form has 200 beats, so at 1 beat per second [60 on metronome], the tune would take 3 minutes, 20 seconds.
Fixed Form 50 • Fixed Form 50 is a 50 bar song structure for working with groups of kids or starter songwriters. FF50 gets results rather quickly.