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Ear Training Lesson – key of C Major and the Diatonic System

May 24th, 2010
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My friend Marcus Emmanuel Barnes and I created a new musical ear training video as part of the series of lessons we’re making on EarPractice.com.

This week’s video is about the “Diatonic System” in music, which is where you can play a lot of different types of chords and melodies, all within one key. To keep things simple we stick to the key of C Major.

Hope you enjoy it and find the lesson useful.

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Miles Davis “Tune Up” – Practice #2

June 6th, 2009
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I practiced for about 45 minutes on learning the song “Tune Up” by Miles Davis. This is my second practice learning the song and I seem to have got it pretty much in my head.

One part that I am finding tricky is soloing over the first 2-5-1 progression (Emi7, A7, DMaj7). I am not used to having a major 2-5-1 right at the beginning of the tune (they usually come at the ends of phrases). It’s almost like it resolves too quickly. So I am experimenting with playing some extensions and dissonant harmonies on top of the DMaj7 to make it more interesting. I still haven’t figured out what I really want to do with the first DMaj7. But it’s quite fun nevertheless!

I am also still trying to strengthen my right hand, which I worked on by playing the Bb major scale at various speeds.

Click here to download my practice recording of Tune Up in Midi format.

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