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Frederick Burton (5465) · [archive]
Style: Jazz · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 120
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Hi there folks. Finished with those excellent lessons given by JC, Chris, Mark etc? Well here is one for ya and I think you'll enjoy this one. This is called "inside-outside". What is that, you ask? Basically it is delving into the world of tonality and atonality. Let's define: Tonal- basically, in laymen terms, is where all the notes and/or chords are related to one tonic center. Atonal- is the opposite, where there's no tonal center. Well inside-outside can be classified as synonomous to tonal-atonal. Inside-Outside can defined as simple as close to tonal center (inside) and further away from tonal center (outside). Here's another example: In the key of "C", the notes C-D-E-F-G-A-B can be classified as "inside" notes due to the fact that those notes are within the tonal center that is "C". The notes F#, G# fir example can be classified as "outside" but truly, these notes are close to the tonal center of "C". So they're not THAT far out. Now the notes Db, Eb, Bb, can be looked upon as being truly OUT of the tonal center "C", thus outside. In improvisation, as I was taught and shown, particularly in jazz improvisation, there is no such thing as a wrong note. Its just "The best note vs the not so-good note. Every note in jazz improvisation can be justified along the whole chromatic scale. In the case of the Key of "C", C would be your "BEST" note and Eb, Db(outside) would be your not so good note. But like everything in the world of music, NOTHING IS VERBATIM. Example: When improvising and you're going from the dominant chord, let's say "G7" and you're going to resolve to its "I" chord or Cmj7. What do you think is the "best" note to resolve on? If you "C", then you're wrong! As you will see in my examples none of the examples resolve on the tonic's root. The 5th (G) or the 3rd(e), are the best notes. The 4th is cool as is the 7th. You see how far down the ladder "C" is!!! About the middle before you start to go to the outside.