Category Archives: Scale Practice

Ethiopian groove

Anyone interested in exotic scales should definitely listen to the Ethiopiques record collection, copiously shared on youTube. They were re-mastered from recordings rediscovered after being buried in the vaults during the 18 years of Ethiopia’s repressive Mengistu regime, which tried to … Continue reading

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Working the Boogie Woogie scale

A while back I commented on some of the scales that have seen a lot of use in the past hundred years but don’t seem to have been incorporated into scale practice routines – yet. Maybe this is a good thing, … Continue reading

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What Boys Like

When I taught beginner’s sax to ten-year-olds I used to ask them what was the first tune they wanted to start work on right away. There was a clear sex divide in their preferences. “Doh, a deer” and “East Enders … Continue reading

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A (Random) Scale a Day

There are some 2048 possible interval arrays spanning one octave starting from a given note. Some of these are labeled arpeggios and others make up scales. The most numerous are the hexatonic and heptatonic scales with 462 types each. Next … Continue reading

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