Shifting And Left Hand Mobility. Part 1 - Chords Progression

Playing arpeggiated chords in order to improve shifting skill and finger mobility.

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Hi Folks! I'll make a short introduction to my lesson. It will deal with the chord progression in C major. *) Chords in C major The notes in the () are (root-third-fifth). 1-Chord: C //(c-e-g)// Mode: Ionian 2-Chord: Dm //(d-f-a)// Mode: Dorian 3-Chord: Em7 //(e-g-b)// Mode: Phrygian 4-Chord: F //(f-a-c)// Mode: Lydian 5-Chord: G //(g-b-d)// Mode: Mixolydian 6-Chord: Am //(a-c-e)// Mode: Aeolian 7-Chord: Bdim //(b-d-f)// Mode: Lokrian *) Arpeggiated Chords in C major + Set the metronome to ~50 bpm + Play all arpeggiated chords in triplets + Play this etude firstly only on the A and D strings + Transpose this pattern to F major, only using the D and G strings + Transpose this pattern to G major, only using the E and A strings. The fingering stays the same in F and G major, you just move one string up/down. + Practise this pattern from low C to high C AND vice versis. This is very easy, just start playing from the end to the beginning, reading right to left.
C            Dm        Em            F
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|------2--5----------7------------9-------7--10---|
A|---3-----------5--8------7--10-------8-----------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

G                 Am                Bdim            C
G|------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------9--12---------------14-------------15--------14--17--|
A|---10-------------12--15--------14--17--------15------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|
+ When you feel comfortable with this partern, try alternating the order of the notes. Eg: Start the first chord with its fifth, play the second chord regularly, the third again starting with its fifth and so on. id est:
C             Dm           Em              F
G|-----------------------------------------------------| etc.
D|---5--2---------------7-----9-----------------7--10--|
A|-----------3----5--8------------10---7----8----------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------|
Next time we will do these exercises with Tetrachords. I hope you can improve your dexterity with this lesson. For questions email me (scramchi@yahoo.di) Change the "di" in my email adresse to "de". Scramchi

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    twirk88
    yeah just spell locrian right and dont worry about the hot shot correcting your modes, you have the right idea. plus it works enough for most guitar players... if you want to learn theory go to a theory class.
    MartyP
    Just a suggestion..I am a new bass player and I appreciate your practice drills but It would help if you also told us which finger to start with. I want to learn the correct finger patterns. Thanks.
    Sollemsmith
    I don't care about the theory, it's a great exercise and has improved my fingering no end!!! Thank you!!!
    HannibalX
    Michael theNunn wrote: wow- this was so very off. Your mode forms are not correct- they go as follows- Ionian- 1 4 5 dorian- 2 5 phyrgian- 3 4 lydian- 4 5 mixolidian- 5 4 aeolian- 6 4 or 6 2 3 and of course locrian has no true chord mode, as it is used as a transition mode in the frist place. now if you use the correct modeal chord progressions, then yes your lesson is useful, but otherwise the mode chords that you have will not work with the mode forms, pentatonic and diatonic. If you could not tell, 1234567=C Dm Em F G Am Bdim
    erm... isnt a basic major chord a 135? so when ionian is a 145 does that evoke a suspended chord feel? maybe i dont know modes too well, care to elaborate?
    slappysquirrel
    hey there's theory where this DOES work too btw!! forgot what its called though. its in musicians inst "harmony and theory". this lesson is awesome, and ive read that book like 3 times, but forgot most of it lol
    Wratheh
    I'll learn the theory from a lesson about theory. this lesson was aimed at increasing left hand mobility so its done its job for me.
    MATTTHEMOP
    Rock 101: I'm a stupid n00b who doesn't know his chord names, so I didn't understand this lesson.
    learn em then
    Michael theNunn
    wow- this was so very off. Your mode forms are not correct- they go as follows- Ionian- 1 4 5 dorian- 2 5 phyrgian- 3 4 lydian- 4 5 mixolidian- 5 4 aeolian- 6 4 or 6 2 3 and of course locrian has no true chord mode, as it is used as a transition mode in the frist place. now if you use the correct modeal chord progressions, then yes your lesson is useful, but otherwise the mode chords that you have will not work with the mode forms, pentatonic and diatonic. If you could not tell, 1234567=C Dm Em F G Am Bdim
    Rock 101
    I'm a stupid n00b who doesn't know his chord names, so I didn't understand this lesson.
    Psykotik
    Even though I already knew all this, it's a good lesson. Hope there will have more parts soon. and this datawraith up here is a moron.
    MATTTHEMOP
    triplets are notes in groups of melodic threes (in other words, one after the over)
    Blaque_Spectre
    Is there a better way to understand all of these chord names or am I making all of this harder than it needs to be? I understand some of this, but the rest of the modes confuse me. Is there another article I can read to better help understand or is this the most basic way to put it?
    Metalology
    Thanks. I couldn't bring my guitar to music class so I'm learning bass in school. This is gonna help