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Musicarta Pentatonics Workbook - Melody

Bob Chappell ., Your Creative Keyboard Companion

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11 Videos (1h 12m)
    • Musicarta Pentatonics Workbook - Melody

      10:08
    • SymPentMel part2

      6:29
    • SymPentMel part3

      6:42
    • SymPentMel part4

      6:13
    • SymPentMel part5

      3:49
    • SymPentMel part6

      4:48
    • Looser Rules Video One

      5:52
    • Looser Rules Video Two

      8:04
    • Patterns in A and Eb - Video One

      6:18
    • Patterns in A and Eb - Video Two

      7:00
    • Patterns in A and Eb - Video Three

      6:58

About This Class

Hi there, and welcome to this melodic development section.


The pentatonic scales – the major pentatonic in particular – produces lovely melodies, and the more you delve into them, the easier you'll find it to pick out melodies by ear. This seems like a magical talent if you can't do it, but you can work towards, and you can always get better with the right learning material.


The material in this module is super-logical – we're going to be building and playing melodies using just the major pentatonic scale, and from symmetrical same-down-as-up building blocks (you'll see!).


We'll be building up methodically from small to big, so you'll never find yourself all at sea, and all the time we'll be naming the scale-tones you're hearing, so you'll be learning to recognise them and see what the keys on the keyboard will sound like.


You'll be invited to sing along as you play, on multiple occasions (and you'll hear me doing so whether you like it or not!). This doesn't comes naturally to most people, but do please make the effort. You don't have to sing in tune at all – even just humming tunelessly is acceptable, because it's muscular involvement in appreciating the up/down contour of the melodies, and if you want to pick out melodies by ear, you need to be able to say whether they go up or down. Please have a go, and try to make it a regular feature of your practising.


Lastly, we play our symmetrical melodies in three keys – nice all-white-key C, plus D and B flat majors – both one-black-key major pentatonic scales. Transposing like this is the musical meta-skill that reveals how music is put together. Being coached through counting and using the pentatonic scale to play the same material in three keys is a great opportunity - although it might not be that thrilling on the face of it!


I hope you realise by now that Musicarta is passionate about giving you opportunities to develop your creative musical skills as efficiently and effectively as possible. This material fulfills those criteria. Please work through it methodically, and look out for and nurture your own pentatonic melody skills.

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Bob Chappell .

Your Creative Keyboard Companion