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Music and Technology grow side-by-side expansions and Technology lead to new instruments new sounds new ways to record music and for ambitious students new ways to learn and practice in this video. I want to share with you one of the most incredible resources that I have ever found as a guitarist and how I personally implemented into my practice and more importantly. I want to demonstrate how working with scales can convert directly over to creating music too often music students forget that scales are supposed to be Musical. Oh and they end up just playing them up and down and with patterns and kind of lose sight of the forest through the trees. So there's going to be quite a bit of time in this video spent on translating and converting simple scale patterns into direct musical ideas. Now a few things before we get started number one. This is completely free. You don't have to pay a cent for this and number two is that this is not an ad it's going to look like an ad, but I just really really think this is a great piece of software. It's totally free full disclosure the guy who made this is named Gary. He runs the YouTube channel design course, and he Fan of my channel. He's actually donated to my channel before and that's how this app showed up on my radar. But me personally I'm just excited to show this off and what I made with it because I've been waiting so long for a nap that looks this good and behaves this. Well, there's a lot of imitations like this online. You can find all sorts of things that kind of do with this app is doing but I don't feel like any of them do it as well and do it as pretty and do it as functionally as this one does so let's get started.
Normally if you're looking to learn a new scale, you might do something like just look it up in a book that you own but if that's not an option Option you might just Google a scale chart pattern and sorting through the images. You'll often find that a single scale can be played at many different ways getting the scale shapes that you want in the size that you want with the notations that you want can be difficult or impossible through Google just alone and that's where fret aesthetic shines. Like none other Fred. Tastic is an online Dynamic scale generator featuring dozens of available scale types that can be customized to your own preference.
This can look like a lot at first but let's just take a look at how it might actually be Used let's say you really enjoyed my video on the phrygian dominant scale and wanted to start playing around with it more click scale and select phrygian dominant now select a key.
I'll choose e immediately every single note of the E phrygian dominant scale is displayed on the guitars fretboard.
And once again, this can be kind of overwhelming and I don't find it very helpful to see all of this information at once.
So instead I'm going to change the fingering system from none to three notes per string this This gives me a practical and playable scale shape for E. Phrygian dominant. Now, I personally don't need to see this much of the fretboard.
So I'll size it down a little bit by just adjusting the sliders now. I can see a narrow area of the fretboard which is easier for me to look at but I can still see on either side of it if I want to expand my scale shapes. For example, this is e phrygian dominant in its first position starting off of the first note E.
But I could display its second shape starting on its second note by clicking the number two under position.
Similarly, I could see its 7th shape which starts on its 7th note by clicking on the number seven.
Looking Back To None we can now see how these three shapes actually connect to one another.
Now, let's go back to that first shape again and take a look at how our chord tones and roots are actually displayed right now the root notes of the scale e are shown in White and the red notes indicate the notes of our tonic chord, which would be an E major chord when improvising with a scale it's highly advised to be outlining the chord tones of the individual chords in the key and just outlining E major while playing e phrygian dominant can sound great.
Now if you find these colors distracting you can just turn them off by clicking these checkboxes.
So let's say I want to start practicing the scale. Well, obviously you could just grab your metronome and go up and down practice different scale patterns, but I personally enjoy just jamming out with the new scale. It gives me a good idea of what it actually feels like and what it can behave like I think of it as like finger painting. You're just kind of getting your hands dirty and you might not A great piece of art out of it, but at least you got the idea of what the colors actually do and awesomely enough for a tastic has built-in Jam tracks with YouTube integration if I click backing tracks and then find my tonic e it gives me several different choices of tracks and fortunately one of them is Annie phrygian dominant and it's from my good colleague chuff's and with this track going. I'm free to experiment up and down the scale and really get an idea of what it sounds like.
Now do be careful a lot of Jam track say something like it's in the key of D Minor but they'll include chords that might come from D Dorian.
So I do recommend if you're jamming over a track to do some investigation into the cords of that track because sometimes the Jam track composer might leave out some information about some chords that are actually outside of the key and that can really throw you off if you're new to this. There's a few other features that I didn't mention like the ability to add an extra string. If you're playing on a seven string and the ability to easily print out your customized charts and hang them wherever you like and honestly with all these features you should be able to save yourself quite a bit of money on books and apps and different resources because I mean, let's face it. If you buy a scale dictionary book, you can't even customize that it's going to give you pre-ordained scale shapes. It's not going to let you you know, see it the way you want to see it or the shapes that you want. This is much more versatile and the fact that You can just print it out. You can save it. You can screenshot it. You could do whatever you want with it. Totally free. I think that's pretty awesome. Now for me personally. I love learning new scales and playing with them to see how they feel what are the effects that they create but learning a new scale doesn't necessarily mean memorizing a new scale. I have learned my Bebop scales before but I cannot confidently say that I have them memorized. So for somebody like me this tool is very helpful to this kind of get my hands dirty and start playing around with scales that I'm familiar with. I decided to start playing around with my Bebop dominant scale. You can think of this as just being a major scale that also has a flat 7th in it or in mixolydian scale that has a natural 7th in it.
That means this scale has eight notes and we can also see that these four notes are just a half step apart creating some nice chromaticism when we Ascend and descend through the scale.
Now there's a lot to talk about regarding Bebop scales. So I just posted a 30-minute lesson for my patreon subscribers regarding Bebop scales and Jazz Basics. If you're a subscriber check that out for this video. I just want you to keep in mind that the be-bop scale really sounds great over a dominant seventh chord. So if I'm playing a be be-bop scale then I should think about playing a B7 underneath that so all I did was fire up Ableton 9 and then I recorded myself playing a B7 with some finger-picking and then the occasion E7 for a 4 Chord and F sharp 7 for the five after that. I added some midi drums to help keep the beat then I plopped down a baseline that really just started off by these singing through what I was hearing in my head.
And now I had a pretty decent canvas upon which I could paint with my be-bop scale. I spent some time. Just noodling around with this shape and then eventually I wrote this lick that I kept playing very sloppily. So I just kept practicing it until I could get it somewhat clean.
Now I really can't resist harmonize guitars.
So I wrote a Harmony a third up and recorded that but since I'm harmonizing chromatics here, I did have to include a note outside of our Bebop scale. So this isn't easily as recognizable as a Bebop shape.
But I really like the way that sounded and started reminding me of an unfreeze McGee song or something by fish. So I pulled up a notepad and sort of typing out some lyrics coming up with Melodies after that. I sent the song to beard steak and he recorded a drum part and sent it back to me which instantly gave the track more life.
Then I asked Mike bug Lee AKA moogly for some piano parts and he sent him back to me in a reason 11 file. Now I use reason 10. So I took this as a welcome opportunity to have to upgrade to reason 11.
Unfortunately upon purchasing reason 11. I found out it was no longer compatible with able to 9 so I reluctantly shelled out the cash to upgrade able to 9 to Ableton 10 then upon opening my new software. I found out that about half my tracks were deleted additionally all my VST plugins were missing and my interface decided to communicating with my computer all together Now we've already seen that technology can be a musicians best friend, but it can also be our worst enemy these sort of technical interruptions into our creative Pursuits can really put the brakes on things and at worst they can even spoil your projects completely if you allow them, but I'm telling you you better get used to it. These sorts of technical hurdles are going to pop up over and over and over again. They're nothing new and you will have to learn to develop the problem solving skills to solve the problems and to just keep trooping through without getting too deep. Just but like I said, this is not a new issue for as long as there's been music there has been technical hurdles. There has been strings the didn't stay in tune. There have been instruments that weren't resonant enough for that didn't you know produce the right intervals when you used to produce on tape, you don't have to cut tape and slice it you only had four tracks you had a you know, tube amplifiers that would burn out. So, you know, yeah, is it a pain that I have to reinstall my plugins?
Yes, but there have always been tactical interruptions.
So never let that be the excuse for why your song died because cuz you know, we've had 200 years of music production and that has never been a valid excuse. We've always had the problem of tactical interruptions. They will always exist. So just deal with it get used to it develop the skill to troop through those problems.
And if it's too hard for you find some people in your life so that you can depend on that can solve those problems for you.
Anyways with my new software finally humming along nicely. I was able to get Mike's piano track finally working in my song.
Then I was able to re-record my missing bass guitar my missing guitar parts and redo my vocal Parts with a few small changes.
Now what I'm about to play for you isn't a full song but I will turn it into a full song and that'll be an easy transformation just a few slight modifications some judicious repetitions and we've got an entire track on her hands, but I want you to keep in mind as you listen to this. That's this entire track was born out of just noodling with a scale. That's an important concept to keep in mind that all of these ideas can really just come about through practicing a simple scale.
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All right. Now a few things before we close out first off is the be-bop scale in general. This is generally a jazz scale and you can hear I'm not using it for very Jazzy purposes in this video. And that's fine. That's what style does that's what influence does, you know, I come from more of a rock upbringing in a progressive rock upbringing. So, you know, as far as my musical career is concerned. Those are the the the influences that crept in there as opposed to thinking of a jazz style.
If I was more Jazz oriented at that probably would have found a lot jazzier, but it's just important to How to different players two different musicians could take the same set of notes and create completely different styles of music out of it. So when you hear something like be-bop scale, I don't want you to just immediately think Jazz scale.
Yes. It's a jazz scale, but I don't think anything I you just heard was a jazz song. It just happened to utilize a jazz scale. So don't pigeonhole these scales too much as far as what they're capable of, you know, keep in mind that you have infinite Freedom as far as what you're going to make that scale do and also shout out to Ben Levin. I'm not sure if you watch band Levin's YouTube channel, but I'd watched a few of his videos the other day and they were Really inspiring to watch I love his art style the kind of music. He makes how you know freeform it is and that that kind of music style was running through my head as well. As you know unfreeze McGee fish and I was also thinking been Levin his art style especially so if it feels a little band 11-ish, I'll take that as a compliment, but I know that I was definitely being influenced through his art style in his teaching style in his music style. If you haven't watched this stuff, it's really really enjoyable.
Please check him out. And lastly. Thank you to Gary Simon from design course for making this. Awesome piece of software for all of us to use I just think it's excellent. I think it's great that he's not charging for it. You know, I'm sure there's a business model attached there somewhere later on down the line. But hey, at least the core component of it is just free for us to use and like I said, I've seen people try to attempt these things all over the place. I've tried to make stuff like this and it never goes well regardless thanks to Gary Simon for making this possible and really I mean through that app. I've got a new song. I'm going to finish that and turn that into his own and that's awesome. You know inspiration can come from something just like a practice. Sing resource. So I hope you enjoyed this video. I hope you learn something. If you enjoyed this video, please thank my awesome patreon supporters for supporting and sponsoring these videos. Like I said, I don't do add this was not an ad really my only advertisement or for the awesome people that are supporting this channel. So thanks to them if you'd like to join them you can there is a link below in the description, but if you can't do that, I would appreciate a like or subscribe or a comment all that kind of stuff really helps me out. So thanks for watching and I will see you next time.