"10 Tonal Exercises" Volume 3 (pentatonics) - 9 Note Groupings
The following exercises are based on a “nine note grouping” within the pentatonic scale using mainly fourths and seconds as its intervallic architecture. They offer a very fluid and intervalic sound that once internalized in your playing can be used in a wide array of ways to create different sonic textures over any harmonic structure. To me they are ideal to build and establish a very strong and reliable navigational system on the instrument and provide a strong nucleus and framework for melodic vocabulary development.
For the purpose of this book all exercises are presented in "A minor" pentatonic but I strongly encourage you to transpose and move to all 12 keys and also try them in different scalar systems; major, melodic minor, etc.
Another great way to work with these exercises is to try to combine and mix two or more pentatonic scales in the same position that can later be used in your improvisational vocabulary to target different colors, extensions and alterations over any given chord.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and discover a whole new side to practicing.
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