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Minor scale practice

Posted by WayneConrad on Friday, January 11, 2019

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This morning I practiced minor scales in drop-C tuning, on the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st string.  These three strings are tuned the same in drop-C tuning as they are in open-G tuning, so this is a kind of double-duty practice.  I had the metronome ticking 4 beats on, then 8 beats silent, then 4 beats on, etc., continuing to work on steady rhythm without speeding up.  I worked around the circle of 4ths, and each time I got around the circle I increased the metronome's speed by 10 bpm.  I worked up from about 80 bpm, which is kind of agonizingly slow, to 140 bpm, which if not fast, is at least not so slow that it feels like it's taking forever to play.

I spent a lot of time on the G scale, which is an open scale, meaning that at least one note is at the nut and not fretted.  Every other scale is closed, meaning that every note is fretted.  When doing scales in the 12 different keys, one of them will be open, and the other 11 closed.  So working around the circle, the closed fingering gets a lot of attention, but the open fingering not so much.  So it's normal for me to spend a lot of extra time on the open fingering.

And now SpaceX is about to launch, so I'm going back to the couch to play scales and watch the launch.

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