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August 13, 2012 | Applied FFcP

A big part of the charter around here is that theory needs application. Mapping out scale patterns just for the sake of mapping out scale patterns makes no sense until you're using them in the context of improvisation, or just understanding how a melody lays out in a chord context. We did a series in our Tips and Tricks section a few weeks ago looking at two FFcP patterns in the classic "Autumn Leaves."

Last week, we took apart the Toots Thielemans standard "Bluesette." Though we applied four FFcP different keys of fingerings, we kept it to two "positions" on the fretboard. One of the skills we hope you achieve in getting to that next level is the ability to find the maximum efficiency when getting around the different tonal centers--find your own personal "zones." Some times, you don't even have to move.

If you haven't already, check out one possible alternative to approaching a song with four different keys in the same song.

Lesson link: Closing in on Bluesesette


Ralph Patt Backing track: sound.gifBluesette

Posted by Ted at August 13, 2012 5:30 AM

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