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My favourite way to play scales – Digital Patterns

Playing scales from root to octave can be dull and I’ve never really practised them like this.  I much prefer doing fun things with scales and this is something I discovered years ago which can help you to learn scales and speed up the improvisation process.  Its a win win!

Digital Patterns

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Please feel free to post your experiences or questions – I read them all.


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  1. John baster
    October 24, 2015

    Hi jay i have just watched your clip on practicing scales i found it made sense. I was told i was tone def when i was a child so i have taken up the bass in spite of this. It was great for me to sing in a choir that was taught be ear ( natural voice singing) and i have tried to carry this over into jaming with electric instruments. I have tried to use my ear and intuition but now i am playing with better musicians i am finding your site great to find out more about music. Thanks john

    • Jay
      October 25, 2015

      Hi John

      Thank you so much for your comment. Telling people they are ‘tone deaf’ is a cop out and can leave lasting damage. Well done to you for carrying on despite this. My piano teacher at music college said to me: “I’ve heard you play saxophone and Ive heard you play piano and quite frankly I don’t think you are any good at either of them!” I presume he was trying to give me a kick up the backside but instead I stopped playing and scraped through my degree. The tough love approach is an awful strategy in my opinion and something I do not use with my students. Sounds like you are doing all the right things. Playing with better musicians is a great method – hard on the ego but a fast learning curve!

      Very best of luck to you with your playing.


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