Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Lets talk about licks. Single string licks. Bond. James Bond. :)
Looking at the tag lick(ending lick)in this vid, you can go over some of the ideas within this series concerning the way I approach single string. If you look at the tab for this lick, you can see the fingering for the left hand, and also the right hand. Take notice of the change of direction in spots, and the change of the forward/backward roll concept.
I would like to say, that there are many ways to visualize the fingerboard when playing some of these things. Some licks come directly out of the 4th, 3rd, or 2nd string positions. These are licks that stick very closely to the confines of the position. You can also visualize my, yours, or anyones' lines/licks by the way they "overlay",(the way you think about scales, modes, and chromatics), the fingerboard. The more ways you learn to play any scale/mode etc., the better you will become at writing and improvising these things. This is something I always work on, and its a perpetual process. Sometimes I grow relaxed with things I already know, but its good to keep changing the way you think. It keeps things very interesting, and hopefully keeps the learning process fun, and makes us all better players. Thats all for now. There will be much more in the future. Keep it going.
A good place to start with using double stops, is to first find the melody notes, or your own line ideas on one string. In the case of this video, we are finding the melody notes on the second string. It is coming directly from the Fmaj. scale. Remember we can start on any note of the scale, in this case the F(1) note on the second string, we can ascend, or descend from that point within the scale, or fragments of the scale. Then we can use harmonizations of two or more notes to form chords. In this case we are using two notes, to form doublestops.
In this video, we also return to previous lessons on relative minors. We can use these as substitute chords to enhance our playing. A cool moveable lick, is to take the relative minor, and "walk" up or down chromatically to where ever the next chord in the progression maybe. In this case, it is the 5 chord leading to the 1 chord. Do a lot of explorations, and I'm sure you'll find some cool sounds and licks that will be your own.
Keep it goin.
The Nashville number system. We can relate the nashville number system to the Fourth/first, second, and third string postions. To use my method, you must first know the key of the song or tune you are about to play. Second, you must know the notes of the fingerboard. Since we know, from previous lessons, that the fourth string position consists of the 1-3-5 of the major scale, we can easily see what the 1-5 chords are to any key. You can also use the second string positon...3-5-1...to find the same, and also the third string postion....5-1-3...to find the same. We can also easily find the 4 chord, since we know that the 4th degree of any major scale is 1/2 step away(higher) from the third.
Here are some more Linear concepts in this video. In this video, we are going to play the F major scale on one string. We are also going to harmonize the F major scale using double stops (two note chords).
Lets look at the 4th string position F chord. To start this harmonization,lets take the 1 and 3 out of the Fmaj scale. Notice it is part of the 4th string positon F chord. Now, with the modes in mind, lets continue. I would like you to look at the tab entitled "F major scale and its modes". Now look at the second measure, which is the second mode. Play the first note and the third note. You now have the second double stop harmonization. Go to the third measure/third mode, do the same thing, and you have the third double stop. So, you can see how this works. You can do the same for all the rest. That is where some of these ideas are coming from. You can also form double stops with any other two notes out of the scale, as long as you use this same approach.
Note: The title in the video is mislabeled, this is lesson 2
First let me say I made a verbal mistake in this video. In the beginning, when working the scale descending, I said T,I,M when I should have said T,I,T then M,I,T.
I dont know if you caught that or not, but I just want to correct that.
Continuing with this F major scale, I like to think about descending scales/passages as using backward rolls when approaching three notes on one string. It is the opposite of the ascending/forward roll concept.
As you probably know by now, there are alot of ways to approach scales on the banjo fingerboard. We can play scales and passages in many ways. In this video you can see another way to play the F scale. This is a very linear approach. Since we have three fingers to pick with our right hand, we will pick three notes per string. Also within this linear thinking, we will play a forward roll,"T-I-M" ascending, and a backward roll,"M-I-T" descending, when approaching three notes per string. I would like to say again, that this is "my" way of thinking about the fingerboard. I can only hope that it may help you. I'm not saying my way is the best way, it is only "a" way.
I am going to continue to build on previous lessons, so If you've been following the lessons, I'm sure you're already familiar with the terms modes and harmonizations. If you need refreshing , you can simply go back and review them. You can always ask me a question as well. I'm open to any questions, and will answer them the best I can. The main thing I want to get across in this video is the concept of mixing Thumb/index and forward/backward rolls on one string for some of these ideas.
Keep it going all.
This is the next mini-series in the sequence for the previous Reno lessons. In this video, we are going to continue with some single string ideas. We are going to add the left hand into the picture now, and begin to work on scales using the two and three finger approach with our right hand. Speaking for myself, I can gain greater speed by playing with three fingers of my right hand where possible. I'm going to explain to you how I interpret, and make sense of these single string ideas using the thumb/index, and also the thumb/index/middle of the right hand. Looking at a common left hand fingering for the F major scale in this video, this is how I approach it. When a scale, or passage/lick, is "ascending" in nature, we are going to use a Forward roll when the scale/lick used has "three" notes per string. This will be our "general" rule. There are always exceptions, but this will be the foundation of thought for future lessons. Besides the Reno material, this method will lend itself well for future Jazz studies.
Keep it going everyone.