Melody/Improv

Teacher Miscommunications & Misconceptions About “Tonicization”

Email to a Student About “Tonicization” This was written after a lesson with a student of mine, who also takes music classes at his college. In one of those classes, his teacher had apparently been talking a lot about “tonicizing”. This somehow led to that student, to think more of this term than it is.
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The Naming of The Pentatonic Minor Scale Fingerings

The Naming of The Pentatonic Minor Scale Fingerings. There seems to be quite some confusion about the correct naming of the fingerings in the minor pentatonic scale. I’ve had quite a number of students through the years who learned the fingerins as the 1st fingering, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th fingering. There is unfortunately
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The 3 Octave maj7 Arpeggio

The 3 Octave maj7 Arpeggio The maj7 Arpeggio 2nd and 3rd Inversion Fingerings.. Check this blog first. It will make everyting in today’s lesson easier to follow. Before we get into these fingerings, make sure that you check last week’s blogs first to learn more about the maj7 chord. The maj7 Root Position Arpeggio Fingering.
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Key Signatures

Key Signatures This is a system you use to figure out what the notes are in all 12 major scale keys. You see 2 words in “keysignature”: “key” and “signature” A keysignature signifies a scale: each key signature shows for its corresponding major scale, how many notes that scale is different from C major scale,
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Melodic Sequences Part 2

Some More Melodic Sequences To Have Fun With This is a continuation of last week’s blog: The Study of Melodic Sequences Ascending 2-note patterns Up in 3rds: 13 24 35 46 57 61 72 13 Up in 4ths: 14 25 36 47 51 62 73 14 Up in 5ths: 15 26 37 41 52 63
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