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"Good improvisation communicates harmonic progression melodically. Effective melodies manipulate harmonic content through the use of guide tones and preparatory gravity notes, masterfully woven in systematic tension, release, and transparent harmonic definition."

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May 15, 2014 | More Reverse FFcP! Free Arpeggios PDF.


Last week, we mentioned the problem with always learning scales from the root up. We naturally think the scale from the bottom up, but never get very good about starting at the top and going the other way. It's like building strength in your right (or dominant) hand, and never bothering to develop muscles in the other. Just like you need both there, it's a good idea to be able to do your scales in reverse. We started the with the major (Ionian) FFcP exercise last week (see New FFcP... In reverse!).

This week we want to jump around. Literally.

One part of the basic FFcP is breaking a fairly common chord progression into arpeggios and getting that into your fingers. The classic 'I vi ii V7' set, the "doo wop" chords (or think the chords to the song "Heart and Soul") is a must-have in both harmonic and melodic vocabulary. We introduce this in basic bottom up version already, but now, it's top down time.

And all 12 keys!

Here you go:

ReverseDiatonic Arpeggios.jpg

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Spelling out the Chords. Melodically
New FFcP... In reverse!
Moving up the Fingerboard
Advanced FFcP
FFcP Introduction

Posted by Ted at May 15, 2014 8:19 PM

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