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Lesson 8: Improvising Over Static Chords with Chord Tones (Part 2)

Today's lesson will expand on what we were working on in lesson 7 by introducing you to some new forms that will allow you to cover larger ranges on your instrument. So far we have mostly been dealing with one octave arpeggio forms, which are comfortable to play, but have a limited range. In order to promote greater dexterity and the ability to cover larger distances, it is important to be able to begin forms on any degree and on any finger. You don't want to ever become stuck on your instrument because you don't know where to go. This is one of the inherent dangers of becoming reliant on an exclusively pattern based approach... (If you come to the end of your pattern, where do you go?) Work to overcome all limitations, both technical and musical, and you will prevent yourself from regularly finding yourself in a 'rut.'

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