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  1. #51
    For anyone who has been following this thread or used to follow it, I'd encourage you to look at each pattern 68 on page 32 and consider joining in or joining back in can we get there in about a week and half. These are really good basic targeting patterns . They're a lot of fun and good material to play over. Diatonic Arps follow that, and then it's onto dominant material , which should be a good bit easier than the material we're in right now honestly.

    I'm having guitar issues currently. I've just ordered a new electro socket jack for my tele. Been giving me fits for a while. I'll try to get # 63 and 64 up in the next few days. Maybe 62 as well.

    Regardless of my progress on these current intervallic studies, I'm probably going to just be aiming to post pattern 68 etc. when the time comes aroundin the actual schedule. May catch up on some of the intervallic stuff later. It's actually really good technical work.

    Butt this seems like possibly a good place for somewhat of a reboot our for new folks.

    All the best,

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt.guitarteacher View Post
    For anyone who has been following this thread or used to follow it, I'd encourage you to look at each pattern 68 on page 32 and consider joining in or joining back in can we get there in about a week and half.
    I looked at 'em, Matt. They do look good. I'm not wild about the description given (#2 and #4). It's not wrong. But it's more troublesome than "note below the chord tone." The notes of the triad are the main notes. If you know them, going note-below (or note-above) can be done without having to think about it. A big plus. ;o)

    These are important patterns. Foundational.
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    Cool! Does that mean I can skip all the patterns I'm behind on?


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    Quote Originally Posted by matt.guitarteacher View Post
    For anyone who has been following this thread or used to follow it, I'd encourage you to look at each pattern 68 on page 32 and consider joining in or joining back in can we get there in about a week and half. These are really good basic targeting patterns . They're a lot of fun and good material to play over. Diatonic Arps follow that, and then it's onto dominant material , which should be a good bit easier than the material we're in right now honestly.

    I'm having guitar issues currently. I've just ordered a new electro socket jack for my tele. Been giving me fits for a while. I'll try to get # 63 and 64 up in the next few days. Maybe 62 as well.

    Regardless of my progress on these current intervallic studies, I'm probably going to just be aiming to post pattern 68 etc. when the time comes aroundin the actual schedule. May catch up on some of the intervallic stuff later. It's actually really good technical work.

    Butt this seems like possibly a good place for somewhat of a reboot our for new folks.

    All the best,

    Matt
    Sounds good, Matt! Hope you get your gear up and running! We are heading for the more interesting parts of the book, so anyone reading this and Matts post this is a great place to jump in, you can always work with the earlier patterns in parallel, later or just skip them.
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  6. #55
    Quote Originally Posted by FwLineberry View Post
    Cool! Does that mean I can skip all the patterns I'm behind on?


    I'm going to try to post everything I can . I just thought it might be fun to just kind of all get more on the same page at some point. The intervals right now are kind of a grind. I actually have grown to like the fourth patterns just for the technical aspects. At least something very different and uses techniques that probably are underutilized most of the time .

    To be honest, largely I've spent a lot of time doing a patterns- for- jazz- type process on the Barry Harris material . There's not very much overlap with that material and perfect fourths and fifths interval studies though. I'm looking forward to the next sections , just because it overlaps that material more.

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    Been following the thread and just picked up the book. I had hoped to really concentrate on the Pat Martino Linear Expression book but as with so many books before I lost interest/focus.

    Patterns for Jazz seems like a great book to just have around and pick a page to work on get multiple benefits: sight reading, technique and new ideas.

    Moving the patterns chromatically seems more like a technical exercise then a musical one. I will start messing around with NO. 68.

    Any other "musical" patterns any of you can recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt.guitarteacher View Post
    I'm going to try to post everything I can . I just thought it might be fun to just kind of all get more on the same page at some point. The intervals right now are kind of a grind. I actually have grown to like the fourth patterns just for the technical aspects. At least something very different and uses techniques that probably are underutilized most of the time .

    To be honest, largely I've spent a lot of time doing a patterns- for- jazz- type process on the Barry Harris material . There's not very much overlap with that material and perfect fourths and fifths interval studies though. I'm looking forward to the next sections , just because it overlaps that material more.


    I'm going to keep working through the stuff. Scales in intervals is so highly recommend by just about every teacher for guitar as well as every other instrument. It's something I've largly neglected except for 3rds and need to spend some quality time with even outside of working through this book.

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  9. #58
    Quote Originally Posted by alltunes View Post
    Been following the thread and just picked up the book. I had hoped to really concentrate on the Pat Martino Linear Expression book but as with so many books before I lost interest/focus.

    Patterns for Jazz seems like a great book to just have around and pick a page to work on get multiple benefits: sight reading, technique and new ideas.

    Moving the patterns chromatically seems more like a technical exercise then a musical one. I will start messing around with NO. 68.

    Any other "musical" patterns any of you can recommend?
    Do you mean "musical" as opposed to chromatic etc.? If that's what you're talking about, really any of the patterns which are triad-based can be applied to a blues or rhythm changes etc.

    in about a week, like I said, it's a triad baddest pattern. So, we could lay out what it would look like to apply to blues and rhythm changes etc., like Barry Harris does. Going forward, dominant is the focusfor a while. With the dominant and the major we've already done, you basically can apply a lot of material to rhythm changes and blues especially.

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    Yes. I didn't see the point of practicing them chromatically as that would rarely occur in a song. I understand that it would help to really learn the pattern. I do this for enjoyment so I like playing stuff that is nice to listen to. Chromatic patters sound like an exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alltunes View Post
    Yes. I didn't see the point of practicing them chromatically as that would rarely occur in a song. I understand that it would help to really learn the pattern. I do this for enjoyment so I like playing stuff that is nice to listen to. Chromatic patters sound like an exercise.

    I agree that the chromatic sequences have very little musical value alone. Doing that sort of stuff makes more sense on a horn where chromatic things can be the hardest thing to play. In order to sequence chromatically you really have to know your keys (musical keys and mechanical keys).

    I've been doing most of the chromatic sequences in the open position just to force myself to have to think about what I'm playing rather than just move the shape up a fret.

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  12. #61
    I don't really think it's about playing things that you're going to play on actual tunes necessarily. If anything, the randomization thing really helps with a lot of things. I really like having all four of the cycles to play through in position and cross-positionally. The halfstep progressions are very often entry-level for me, especially being guitar.

    A progression of fourths is pretty natural and a big part of the tradition. They have the most strong relationship to each other in terms of key signature anyway. Full steps are easy enough. Honestly, the minor third cycles are probably the best for me in terms of true pattern disruption and letting go of "thinking too much". They very often get me to another level of understanding /not-thinking, but I certainly couldn't start there with beginning woodshed material. That's where the half steps around fourths come in for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FwLineberry View Post
    I've been doing most of the chromatic sequences in the open position just to force myself to have to think about what I'm playing rather than just move the shape up a fret.
    The first place I dealt with chromatic patterns was in Mickey Baker's book. There, he is clear that he wants them fingered the same way all the way up the neck (or as far as one can comfortably go on the guitar one has). The value of that exercise is just to get the pattern down cold and also to play it in various places. It also facilitates consistency in one's picking because the fingering does not change.

    I think it's important to know how to play things in various ways. But I think the number of practical ways is small. (And not the same for everyone: guitars, hands, and habits vary.)

    Frank Vignola teaches "101 ways to play a C scale", so I know that some great players really want to play things as many different ways as they can. (Mimi Fox seems to suggest a similar thing in her book of arpeggio studies on jazz standards.) If that's your thing, fine. It can definitely work.

    But it wasn't the thing for, say, Joe Pass. He played everything out of a few simple barre forms and is known for saying, "If something is hard to play, I don't play it!" and "There's no point killing yourself for no reason." Herb Ellis played out of chord shapes and cautioned students NOT to waste time on all possible scale fingerings, modes and the like but to focus on the most useful things, the things one can actually play while improvising.

    And then there's Pat Martino of the "Linear Expressions" era: everything was played out of a few minor chord shapes with no (big) stretches. It's amazing to watch Pat play and see how good he sounds doing something that seems almost too-simple to really work. But boy does it!

    Practice is for performance. That's how I see it, anyway.
    "Learn the repertoire. It’s all in the songs. If you learn 200 songs, you will have no problem improvising."
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes View Post
    The first place I dealt with chromatic patterns was in Mickey Baker's book. There, he is clear that he wants them fingered the same way all the way up the neck (or as far as one can comfortably go on the guitar one has). The value of that exercise is just to get the pattern down cold and also to play it in various places. It also facilitates consistency in one's picking because the fingering does not change.

    I think it's important to know how to play things in various ways. But I think the number of practical ways is small. (And not the same for everyone: guitars, hands, and habits vary.)

    I agree there's value in it, just not a direct musical value. I spent the requisite hours running scale and arpeggio shapes up and down the neck one-fret-at-a-time and whole-heartedly recommend that sort of thing to anyone looking to develop basic technique and learn their way around the fingerboard.

    What I don't like about that sort of thing is it's never backed up with equal amounts of finding the notes you need right under your hand instead of chasing root notes around on the E and A strings. Even if you eschew finger stretches in favor of keeping the hand restricted to four or five frets, there's an entire chromatic universe available anywhere you place your hand on the fingerboard.

    Pat Martino's instructional material actually provided the inspiration for how I'm approaching this stuff. He repeatedly demonstates being able to play in any key anywhere and everywhere on the fingerboard without hesitation.

    Working through Linear Expressions drove home to me that I haven't spent enough hours changing keys in one position and paying attention to the notes involved while doing so.

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  15. #64
    Alright, I apologize for dropping the ball on this. September snuck up on me. Anyway, the 1st was on a Sunday this month.

    I still propose that we basically aim for all of us rebooting/catching up for the Sep 8 assignment of 68-71. I've also done something a little different, to change things up for September. The next week, after that, will be the same pattern - applied to blues changes. Then, we do the same thing on week 4-5, with week 5 being application of patterns on rhythm changes.

    Let me know what you think about this format. Here's the link to September:
    Last edited by matt.guitarteacher; 09-02-2019 at 10:58 PM.

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    I’m in the middle of moving to a new apartment and building a home recording studio, so most of my gear is in boxes. I’ll rejoin during the catching up week.
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    Hurricane Dorian put all normal activities on hold around me. (The Sunday paper included the Monday paper, and today's--Wednesday--included the Tuesday paper too.) Prep, anxiety, communication, waiting, distraction. But in the end, it amounted to nothing for me and mine. We are grateful. But practice has suffered. Even when I had the time, I often lacked focus.

    Switched back to a Jazz III pick, so at least I accomplished something!

    Hope to record the 5ths exercises and be ready for Bold New Phase (with non-scale tones thrown in; already practicing those some.)
    "Learn the repertoire. It’s all in the songs. If you learn 200 songs, you will have no problem improvising."
    Frank Vignola

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    Acoustic recording from the thin line:


    Patterns 63-64 without a click... and with as few mistakes as I could manage.

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    63

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes View Post
    Hurricane Dorian put all normal activities on hold around me. (The Sunday paper included the Monday paper, and today's--Wednesday--included the Tuesday paper too.) Prep, anxiety, communication, waiting, distraction. But in the end, it amounted to nothing for me and mine. We are grateful. But practice has suffered. Even when I had the time, I often lacked focus.

    Switched back to a Jazz III pick, so at least I accomplished something!

    Hope to record the 5ths exercises and be ready for Bold New Phase (with non-scale tones thrown in; already practicing those some.)
    Good to hear you’re alright!
    Last edited by ErikWasser; 09-09-2019 at 05:02 PM.
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    63/64 100bpm. Edit: don’t mind the glove, winter is coming here in Norway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ErikWasser View Post


    63/64 100bpm. Edit: don’t mind the glove, winter is coming here in Norway.
    Oy. 100 degrees Fahrenheit here yesterday. A little better today.

    Good job on this, Erik. Thanks for posting!