BUILDING YOUR EARS
PATTERN PRACTICE/HARVEST SESSION
SET UP
 
1.  Set up logic software so that you have a microphone connected to an audio track.
2. Play your instrument and make sure that the input levels are correct - do not clip.
3. If you are using speakers, be sure that the cable end of the mic is pointing towards the speaker.  You want to avoid feedback.  ( If you want a cleaner sound, wear headphones.  This will allow you to multitrack without bleed from the speakers. 
4.  Pick a tempo and set the metronome setting in Logic
5.  If you want something better than just a metronome to start, create a drum groove that you can play along to during this session.
 
 
 
 
SYSTEM
 
(There are three types of pattern practice 1. Harmonize what you just played, 2. Complement what you just played by filling in the space created by the first pattern, and  3. Solo over what you created)
 
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  1. Pick a key to practice.  Set Logic to that key in the event that you want to add some loops for color later.
  2. Cycle mode the percussion groove for 8 or 16 bars .
  3. Start playing melodic patterns in the key you chose over percussion groove. 
  4. Make the melodic patterns very small to start.
  5. See if you can repeat any pattern that you create.
  6. Once you start to get comfortable with the key and the creation of a pattern, hit "r" and start recording.
  7. First pass - Keep it very simple. - Check for accuracy after the pass is complete.
  8. Cycle mode this new pattern and practice harmonizing over it.
  9. Record the harmonization    
  10.  Once the foundation becomes pretty good, I like to loop it out for a much longer time 64 bars or so.
  11. Solo on top of the groove you made using the same key.
  12. If you get in the zone, record your solo.
 
Each session should be saved.  You may want to go back and "Harvest" ideas that you have created.
You will want to post a bounced mp3 of your session each day.  Put the session in your Jimdo with the name of the key.  Don't worry if it is good or not, it is a practice session.
 
 
 
 
VARIATIONS
 
1.  When working on your solo at the end of the session, work to create longer patterns that resolve naturally.  Work on resolving your lick to a chord tone.  How long can you riff and stay in the key?
 
2. Add another chord/tonal center.  Bb to Eb.  Work on shifting the tonal center to the IV chord.
 
3. Create a chord progression from the chord progression inventory.   Create a patterned comp session then solo over that.
 
4. When soloing over your creation, take a bar and use only arpeggios, then the next bar scales.  Alternate.
 
5.  Try playing continuous 8th notes in the key without missing a note
 
6.  Pattern practice over the whole tone scale.  Create arpeggiations from the chords derived from the whole tone scale. 
 
7.  Think of a melody that already exists and see if you can quote it during your practice.
 
 
8.  Come up with another variation and let me add it to this list.   :-)
 
 
Work on the pattern practice during your gig time this week.  Post your best recording and an analysis of how you think this exercise helped you.
 
Ear Training Resources

 

 

 

Go to TONE SAVVY and select Intervalic Ear training.
 
Each class, spend a short time working on your ear training.   Post your results in each unit as you move forward.  
 
I have built an additional tool that can be found here.
 
The ear training section of your practice gives your chops a break after the warm-up and technical work.
 
 
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