Short Melodic Sketch #17 - 4x4 (Gentle Tension) - Melodic Minor and The Altered Dominant (Modern Melodic Phrasing using Intervals of a 4th)
In this short melodic exercise I continue my exploration of modern melodic phrasing on the guitar using the interval of a 4th as the primary building block and architectural element of the melodic line. In this study I am exploring the possible sonic textures that fourths can produce over Altered Dominant chords when extracted from the melodic minor scale that contains such harmony as its 7th degree (Super-Locrian).
Playing fourths on the guitar at fast tempos presents quite a few technical challenges as such intervals are always located on top of each other on two adjacent strings. Their clean execution and tonal control is something that requires a lot of practice. So here I am sharing with all of you these lines that exemplify how I like to partition the melodic minor and its different mode fingerings in fourths and where to position the notes on the fretboard.
The entire phrase is played over an F#7alt chord and the 4ths are extracted from the G melodic minor scale in which F#7alt is the 7th degree.
Short Melodic Sketch #17 (PDF file - TAB and Standard Notation).
"HD Video" of the Phrase (at tempo and slowed down).
Backing Track (F#7alt).
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Short Melodic Sketch #17 (PDF file - TAB and Standard Notation). "HD Video" of the Phrase (at tempo and slowed down). Backing Track (F#7alt).