Theory (and Infinity)
by Frank Soriano and David Baird
One. (Computer scientists start counting from zero). Being / nothingness, is a popular way to put it...
Where _does_ the mix consist of?
How do you do something --
How you do something? How you explain how you do something? A speculative moment...
Well, since we're talkin' "theory" here than just about any *practical* answer I would say is valid
so here is my off-the-cuff response.
1. What is a chromatic note?
Note foreign to key you're playing in.
Chromos means “color”, chromatic means “colorful”
The usual modes are deemed to be uni-modal.
Notes in between uni-modal notes are off or on “color”.
2. What makes a scale altered?
Adding a chromatic tone to the scale you are going to use.
Usually the chromatic addition(s) revolve around a major/ minor third condition.
Sixths, sevenths, nines, fourths, can all accomplish things like this.
You have to unwind foreign patterns over each other...
3. In a chord scale, what are you thinking?
In how many scales/keys does this chord exist?
Or sticking with one “tonality” / scale, finding all sorts of chords you can play in it.
4. What notes are in a typical solo?
Primary melody of tune (if known), chordal tones...
Use everything you have. Solo’s have to rip.
I can barely play six strings, let alone seven.
I play in standard alternate.
5. Does a walking bass use chromatic notes?
Yes, that's how you "walk it", usually using neighboring tones. Example:
Instead of just playing 1, 3, 5, 6, b7, 8 play 1, 3, 4 #4, 5, 6, b7, 7, 8
6. What does shifting an entire melodic pattern do? -- Say, by a whole step, or a minor third, or a major ninth?
Creates mathematically derived (and related) alternative patterns that may prove immediately useful.
7. What are you thinking when you look at a song sheet (chords, melody, lyrics)? 1. Key signature if any,
2. Chords (indicates true harmony at any given point in the tune )
8. How does your practice routine vary from day to day?
Work on something brand new
9. What would you tell someone trying to write a melody?
Can you whistle or play just 2 or 3 notes against a chord?
Or even with no chord playing in the background?
10. What patterns should you _not_ play? Avoid the ones you play the most, refer to #8!