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. There’s a sub-challenge in the video…keeping the tone alive…try it (evolves our touch/after-touch – approach/release).
Being musical with a single ‘pitch’ mightn’t be as easy as one might think. My goal with this is to “play a single tone, in any octave, as a piece of music” or at least make it musical.
This can be done with every tone alone, or tone pairs, sets of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, etc. Tones without an open string are even more challenging for ‘making music’ – ‘being musical’ with a single tone, in any octave.
The ‘tablature’ matches the grid. This isn’t like normal tab in that each column is a moment in time. It’s a ‘go anywhere’ map. We explore in any and every order we can imagine. Following this process, we sure know where all of the As are located.
= harmonic. Lightly touch the string without pressing and pick it. This creates a bell/chime-like sound. You know it.
Note: the 7 and 12 frets are the tones that are under the harmonic [the harmonic tone is the same name as the fretted tone].
Being musical with one pitch level, all over the board, is good practice.