In this blog we will take a look at how to read the music lines and spaces of the treble clef.
In order to identify the notes on the 5 staff Lines we must first decide on an clef. In this case this will be the Treble Clef
Now we can look/identify the names of the notes on the 5 lines of the treble clef.
Next, we will look at the notes in the 4 spaces of the staff lines: F A C E
If we look at the notation below we will see the C major scale and the names of the different degrees of the scale in order.
We can now add thirds to the scale notes and notate the “Triads” of the C major scale
Although we will look at this in another video/blog we can clearly see the time signature. This is 4/4, meaning that there are 4 Quarter note beats to the bar.
One last thing to take into consideration is Key Signature. Again we will look at these in detail in the next video, but it is a good idea to be aware of them. They move in the cycle of 5ths. So a fifth up from C major is G major. This has an F# as the key signature. This means that every F note in the key is sharpened. Unless of course there is an natural sign.
So the key signature is for us to acknowledge that specific notes will be sharpened or flattened as we play our way through the music.
This is just the basics and beginnings for learning to notate, create and read the treble clef.
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Going forward with our Jacob Collier SUPER-ULTRA-HYPER-MEGA-META blogs/pages it is a good idea to look at other relevant concepts within the ideal of extension. In this blog we will look at how 12 tone, 23rd chords, tertian harmony and polytonality play a fascinating part.
We will start with the #15 Arpeggio [Superimposition as used by Lennie Tristano]. Below you will see this in action with a Cma7 and a Dmaj7 arpeggio combined. This creates a sharpened 15th [or Augmented 15th arpeggio].
Below, you will see the full extension of this with a full 23rd chord [The largest chord in music]. This can be viewed as polytonal, polychordal, 12 tone row, or “Tertian” harmony as a full 23rd chord.
All 12 notes of the chromatic scale are used, so, the following occurs [in this case in 3rds as Tertian harmony]
1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19 21 23
In terms of improvisation it can be easier on the guitar to break up 4×3 semiquaver tetrachord lines into two HEXATONIC [2×6] lines as shown below.
Below we have the employment of triplets and the commonly used 4 note groupings of tetrachords.
Below is an example of employing the jazz improvisation concept of “Chord Pairs”
Today we will look at a concept that I have been asked about a lot recently. This is a contrapuntal string skipping intervallic “Mirroring” technique. It is intervallic by design and employs a Bachian Atonal “Question and answer” effect between the “Bass and Treble” with wide intervals. The string skipping inherent within this works especially well for atonal music, awkward intervals and polytonal scales.
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The key to improvising is to do something creative with the melody. To recompose it or to broaden it out or to instinctively develop the harmony. Most people take to the modes though with a compulsion to play “Carte Blanche” scale over a chord ad nauseam.
In this Blog/Vlog we will look at some ideas for bringing out the actual flavour of the most talked about mode of them all the “Dorian Mode”.
Most people look at the dorian mode as being a scale of C major starting on the note D. But here is how it works.
ANSWER=D is one tone up from C for D Dorian, so C is one tone up from Bb for C Dorian.
Below we see the difference between C minor and C dorian. C minor has the semitone between the 6th and 5th whereas C Dorian has a tone between the 5th and 6th notes. Dorian Raises the 6th note up a semitone. Without the raised 6th note C would just sound minor and not dorian, so bringing out this 6th note [as it will be in a melody to imply that we are in the dorian mode] is essential to creating actual music and phrasing and not just playing a scale over a chord.
In order to bring out that A natural note in C dorian an easy way is to employ an arpeggio like Bb major 7th. This is very useful, melodic and can be played in 4 note groupings.
Next we can employ some basic chord pairs.
C minor 7 and F major
F major and Eb major
Now we can broaden out on this with C minor and D minor
Bb and G minor
We can also employ pentatonics to bring out the flavour [melody] of a tune.
Another example =Short pentatonic scale that ends/resolves with the A natural note [Raised 6th] and played in 4 note cells [Tetrachords]
Finally it’s a good idea to look at the arpeggios available that line up one after the other.
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