Dani - 2014-11-10 15:22:59I have this habit of reassessing my musical goals, prioritizing new goals, and often adding to the list of goals at a faster rate than I can actually achieve those goals. Perhaps this strategy is what keeps me never truly satisfied with progress. But every day you work is progress, and every new exercise is progress, and every new measure you compose is also progress. So there.
I was warming up the other day with my major scales routine, and I decided to set new goals using other scales. Normally, I play all twelve major scales over four octaves in parallel, contrary, and oblique motion. I also do the scales in tenths, and also using chord voicings where the top note of the chord is the desired note from the major scale. The intervals descending from the top note of 1) the first chord voicing used in this exercise is: perfect fifth, minor second, perfect fifth 2) the second chord voicing used in this exercise is: major third, perfect fourth, major second. I decided that I would like to be able to apply the same routine to six other scales.
I passed over using the majority of the modes, because they are derivatives of the major scale. I did, however, select the Aeolian mode (aka natural minor scale), because it would make the transition to working on the harmonic minor scale much quicker. In addition to those two minor scales, I intend to add the octotonic scale (aka diminished scale) to the routine as well, learning to play all three scales and eventually working out playing the scales in parallel motion in major and minor tenths. There are also three hexatonic scales to add to the routine: the augmented scale, the whole tone scale, the blues scale. In total, that gives me seven different scale sets to practice (one for every day of the week). Perfect.