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Old 11-20-2004, 05:24 PM #1
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What's your favorite scale to improvise on?

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Mines the minor harmonic scale. I discovered it by myself when I was trying to figure out how to play the theme song from "Insomniac" (comedy central) on my sax and pondered on what the scale that was used in it. When I asked my teacher what the scale was, he said "it's the minor harmonic". Now I try to fit it into any solo I get.
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Old 11-20-2004, 05:28 PM #2
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all the pentatonics are fun to mess around with.
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Yea, pentatonics are cool, but they almost sound too much like a blues scale, and around here people that know their **** will destroy you if you are caught using a blues scale, simply because blues scales, as fun as they are, are always over played by those who are just begining in the improve world.

Last year, for example, our hot shot guitar player, who is really really good, but is an arrogant jackass because he thinks that his skills give him the right to insult anyone and control, was leading our jazz combo after school (figures)

Anyways, I knew that he hated blues scales, so I was careful not to play one. The changes were completely written out in front of me, so I played them. They were in pentatonic form, but I was extremely careful not to play a flated fifth. He then stopped my solo and cut me off completely (as he thought I was playing a blues scale). I took offense, packed up my sax, and while they were still playing, got his attention, stood up on a chair, and mooned him in front of everyone.

Good times.
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that means alot of rock guitarists , example hendrix wouldnt fit in with you guys...
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Any major seven scale is fun to mess around on trumpet to me. I like mixing that up with minor sevens, which gives you an easy way to sound good.
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pentatonics ......what the hell is that, we were in the recording studio and the guitar players were talking and i was like...plutionic..wtf??how about a radamique (i can play it..just not spell it)

explain so next time we jam there i can taunt them with my newfound knowledge of the scales
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A pentatonic is virtually the same thing as a blues scale, except a blues scale has a flated fifth, a pentatonic does not.

I have no idea what a ramanque or whatever it was that they were posting is. Maybe they were making stuff up? Or maybe i'm just ignorant.
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Spanish phrygian and blues. I suck at improvisation.
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what do you play?
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The three major triads.
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Mixolydian
Dorian
Aeolian (minor)

Chromatic
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Mixolydian
Dorian
Aeolian (minor)

Chromatic
I Mixolydian, and Aeolians a few times last year, but I never really put them to use, our guitarist used them all the time. But as a sax player, I didn't get many chances to really fit them in. How do they go? I need to start practicing them more often. Oh yea, and how do you play chromatic? That's one I never learned.
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Chromatic is every note there is.
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Chromatic is every note there is.
12 tones and repeat.
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Yea but, how does it differ from a major scale? Which notes are flat and what not?
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I was just kidding about using it, you know, being a funny guy.

Chomatic is just...

A-A#-B-C-C#-D-D#-E-F-F#-G-G#-A

or

Ab-A-Bb-Cb-C-Db-D-Eb-Fb-F-Gb-G-Ab

whatever suits your fancy
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A pentatonic is virtually the same thing as a blues scale, except a blues scale has a flated fifth, a pentatonic does not.

I have no idea what a ramanque or whatever it was that they were posting is. Maybe they were making stuff up? Or maybe i'm just ignorant.
a radamaque is a drum rudiment....
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a radamaque is a drum rudiment....
no wonder I don't know anything about it.
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After just playing the Chromatic, I just realized how elementry it is. Three kicks in the arse for me for not remembering it's bloody name.
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Blues A or
A Minor

I pretty much use minor and blues scales exclusively... which I should stop doing. But I just always tend to end up in the "A" position too...
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