Learn Something New Everyday - Egyptian Scale

author: daniel.kPL date: 07/10/2013 category: practice tips
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Learn Something New Everyday - Egyptian Scale
The idea of coming up with something new everyday is very simple, and educational, in its own way. Let's say - that you will learn anything new everyday, completely. And by new, I mean something totally unknown or even awkward for you. This method is enormously increasing your musical perception, skills and knowledge. After this kind of activities you will be probably feel more expressive in improvisation, also. Doing this everyday should lead you to the major improvement in every musical aspect or skill. Depending on your approach, you can create your own library of licks, scales, chords, progressions songs and more, and everything done that way will be yours, and accommodated fully. Give yourself a year and you will have enough material to record an album... Yours album. Remember that technique takes more time than theory - your brain is much more powerful than your muscles are. Modern world has got something so fast in it. Everything is done by the speed of a lightning - from cars to the information transfer measured by the speed of your Internet connection. You can access any info trough the smartphone in your pocket within seconds, and it can carry more songs that you will be available to listen in your whole lifetime. But why I am writing this? Because I think that the "speed habit" is a by-product of the technological advancement. Human body changes slower than modern technology... If you know what I mean. Some of my students have the habit to "want it all, FAST". Learning to sweep in 150 bpm in a month, learning how to improvise in all the modes of the major scale in a week, etc, etc. And this is very destructive to the student's motivation. Just remember to give yourself the time to grow your musical muscles (they are not only physical), and enjoy the process of learning and playing, instead of never-ending waiting for the results. Do you know how to play the Egyptian scale? If not - google the recipe, and learn it today. One position is enough. Et voila, tomorrow you will be able to improvise in an Egyptian scale. Sounds sweet, let me show you the method. For today, you don't have to google this scale, I will show you it as the example. Draw a pyramid on your forehead now, just in case. The process looks like this: 1. Take something new. I will pick an Egyptian scale, what a suprise! 2. Learn it theoretically. The recipe is 1 - 2 - 4 - 5 - b7 (so in E, the notes are: E, F#, A, B, D). 3. Use it musically, by improvising or composing. In this case, I have drawn a map of the scale on a sheet of paper, to find some chords that are in that scale and improvise in some weird positions. This is very helpful, but don't rely always on the paper - try to remember the positions! This is the position that I used today. Remember the root is an E note. (I especially like the one-string ride on the high E! Try some crazy bends there.) After the scale position lick, I provided the chords that I used to do a little backing track. Just put them in guitar pro or record normally and jam! The chords revolve around E, F# and A. Egyptian scale.
E |--------------------------------------------10-12---|
B |--------------------------------------10-12---------|
G |-----------------------------7--9--11---------------|
D |-----------------------7--9-------------------------|
A |-----------------7--9-------------------------------|
E |--0--2--5--7--10------------------------------------|

4. Enjoy the results. Just as written above, have fun! Notice that the Egyptian scale is just a mode of the standard minor pentatonic, but instead of resolving the melody to the root, you will resolve it to the 4th from the pentatonic root. This gives you the possibilities to sound different, using the same notes from the pentatonic scale you're in :) So... unleash the creativity! If you like this lesson - record an improvisation in an Egyptian scale and share it on my Facebook profile :), And we will talk about it with the other guitarists! Thanks for your attention! Daniel Kaczmarczyk.
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