Things to Do with 2 Stringers
- Map the consonance/dissonance for each couplet [train]. They behave the same across each of the sets, though moving into higher registers creates different resonance and timbre.
- Once mapped, improvise with any single train.
- Improvise using any and all. If there are 12 options per couplet, with 5 couplets, we have 60 options [with 60 different ‘names’!]. Try A3, D3, E3 [0-11’s] – sweet sounds. Mix it up.
- Write ‘progressions’. Choose 4 and loop them.
If teaching or directing a group, each one of the 4 points is a 3-5 minute activity. Spend the most time on #4, trying to achieve synchrony, the groove. Keep the shifting simple on a single train [close]. We are seeking to get the group to unify, lock in. It’s good for the brain. And, ask everyone to write their own 4 chord progression on a single train for next time.