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Lesson #44 - The Time Scale, with Jeff Sipe


Lesson From Legends 

Week 4 of 8

Today we're checking out The Time Scale. This is a concept where instead of building scales in the sense of building upon pitch intervals between the notes, now we're going to build a rhythmic scale by building upon TIME intervals between the notes. This is an idea I was introduced to while studying with the incredible drummer, Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jimmy Herring, and countless others).

Also, while I know we haven't finished this 8-week masterclass series yet... this is going to be the last lesson for this project for now. I can't believe it's been almost a year since starting this weekly project, and I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have.

However, I recently launched The Melodic Triads Study Group. It's becoming a wonderful, encouraging, supportive, and engaged community of likeminded musicians dedicating ourselves to the study and application of melodic triads. Unfortunately, having two different projects going (the study group AND these free masterclasses) is starting to cause a lot of confusion. I'm hearing a lot of frustration about people thinking that I'm talking about one thing when I'm actually talking about another, or not being able to find the resources I'm posting... it's been causing problems.

Also, these masterclasses, while I try my best to show where the simplicity and fundamentals come from, generally I'm so busy trying to show the cool, complicated stuff, that it never really gives me a chance to truly break things down to the fundamentals and show you guys how to work on these things in a way that will actually allow you to make them your own. Whereas, that's what The Melodic Triads Study Group is all about.


This is me thanking you for a really amazing year meeting lots of cool people and talking about lots of cool ideas and inviting you to come and join the study group. It's really become an amazing place, and in just the last 6 weeks or so we've gotten watch a handful of our members playing completely transform and grow into some really exciting new places. We all hope you'll join in and take part as well!

Happy Practicing!



Lesson #43 - Major7 Arpeggios Like Ben Monder and Brad Shepik


Lessons From Legends

Week 3 or 8

In today's lesson I'm going to show you a way of practicing major7 arpeggios that Brad Shepik showed me when I was studying privately with him. If you're not already familiar with him and his playing, you should check him out. Amazing jazz guitarist, and just as amazing in the world music scene. Very versatile! He's good friends with Ben Monder and, when showing me this way of practicing, mentioned that he and Ben both do this exercise. 

Lesson #42 - Rosenwinkel and Chord Melody Part 2


Lesson From Legends

Week 2 of 8

Today we follow-up on last week's lesson. We continue to explore the chord melody, solo guitar concept presented by Kurt Rosenwinkel. This time we apply it to the bridge and last A section of the jazz standard, Darn That Dream.

Lesson #41 - Rosenwinkel and Chord Melody Part 1


Lessons From Legends

Week 1 of 8

Here is a solo guitar concept presented by Kurt Rosenwinkel during a masterclass where we attempt to place a new chord on every beat of the measure. In this etude, we're applying this technique to the first half of the jazz standard, 'Darn That Dream'.

Lesson #40 - Someday My Prince Will Come: Full Voicings


Intro to Melodic Progression

Week 8 of 8

This is our final lesson on the topic of melodic triads and the melodic progression. If you're enjoying seeing all the harmonic and melodic possibilities at your disposal by leaving scales, modes, and chord tones behind and focusing on triads and the basics, please check out the NYCJGM Melodic Triads Study Group. It's free to take part and we focus on digging deeper into all of this material. You can find the group HERE.

This lesson steps up last week's from the 4 note voicings and bumps us up to 5-6 note voicings. These are challenging to employ but wonderful for ballads, rubato, solo playing, or just peppering inside smaller and more agile voicings when comping to accentuate specific beats, harmonies, and melodic notes. 

Lesson #39 - Someday My Prince Will Come: 3-Note Voicings


Intro to Melodic Progression

Week 7 of 8

Today we are going to venture into developing harmonic ideas and chord voicings through Someday My Prince Will Come using the quadratonic ideas we've developed based on our melodic triads.


Lesson #38 - Someday My Prince Will Come Melodic Progression with Chromaticism


Intro to Melodic Progression

Week 6 of 8

Last week we combined all of the smaller sections of the tunes and looked at the complete melodic progression and the full etude showing an example of how we might improvise just using our quadratonic scales (triad + a single tension note). This week we take this concept one step farther by implementing chromatic passing notes as well.

Lesson #37 - The Melodic Progression Etude for Someday My Prince Will Come


Intro to Melodic Progression

Week 5 of 8

We've now analyzed each of the three sections to the tune to discover the melodic triads and develop our quadratonic scales for each part. And last week we combined the melodic triads, the quadratonic scales, and the melodic reduction to create an exercise for learning to see and hear and ornament the melody within the quadratonics. So now we're putting all of the sections together and improvising within the quadratonic scales.

If you'd like to join in on the Melodic Triads Study Group, you can join the facebook group to get started by clicking HERE.

You can also read more about it and find all other necessary information on our website HERE.

Lesson #36 - Melodic Reduction and Progression


Intro to Melodic Progression

Week 4 of 8

Now that we've analyzed all three sections of Someday My Prince Will Come, let's apply the quadratonic scales to the melodic tonic to see how all of the puzzle pieces fit together and to start to hear how these quadratonic scales can voice lead us melodically through the form.

I mentioned in the video that there was a mistake in the etude that I would clear up, but then I completely forgot to come back to it while talking... so I'll explain the change. It's in the very last system at the bottom of the page, in the second bar... there should be an F7 notated above the measure. This measure is supposed to be using a (D)/b2 quadratonic scale... instead I accidentally wrote in a pattern using a (Bb)/4 quadratonic scale. So the first two notes are still correct - The D note jumping down a major 7th to the Eb below it. That's right. But then instead of ascending up through F natural and Bb to get back up to the D note... it should be F# and A natural (from the D triad). So make sure to make those changes and practice it this way instead of what's written.

Lesson #35 - Melodic Progression - Section C of Someday My Prince Will Come


Intro to Melodic Progression

Week 3 of 8

In today's lesson we're analyzing the melody of the last 8 bars of Someday My Prince Will Come to find the melodic progression, and checking out an etude to practice improvising with the triads.

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