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January 31, 2008 | FFcP Key Patterns

The FFcP system is great for fingers not only in building pinky strength and fretboard familiarity, it can open up your brain to an even broader concept of keys, running the gamut of the Circle of Fifths. Practicing keys through in successions of 5ths are a great way to understand key center relationships; add a sharp (or subtract a flat) and you can cycle to your heart's content.

We have to credit JazzMando Reseach Assistant, Tim Sproles for this week's Tips and Tricks entry. He's devised an incredible Excel file to conceptualize key centers on the mandolin. Identified by color, you can see the root, note of the scale, and FFcP possibilities. Included are glimpses of mandola, bass, and guitar.

Download the file and enter a key in the yellow cell.

Happy exploring. Thanks Tim!

Download Excel File: FFcP Key Patterns

Posted by Ted at January 31, 2008 1:33 PM

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