Five notes to seven: two notes expand our solfa skills to embrace so much music! Grow your skills with these fun exercises, and expand them into real music.
Modal improvisation sounds intimidating. But this simple improv trick puts those mysterious modes to work to offer you an easy way to create awesome music
The minor pentatonic scale is a staple of rock and blues guitar, also quite common in metal, punk, and other genres. Learn to recognise its distinctive sound.
Explore how to use the pentatonic scale and solfa as the basis for your sung improvisation. This exercise will help you internalise the solfa syllables.
Learn how to find the tonic in any song in a major key using our intuitive tips and tricks. Then use it to your advantage to write music and play by ear!
On first listen, Klezmer sounds oddly familiar. Learning the musical elements of this passionate, funky Jewish genre opens up new expressive possibilities.
Learn how to find the tonic of any piece of music and practice with these well-known popular songs and classical pieces in part two of this tutorial.
Time to practice finding the tonic in minor melodies with these real music examples. Also, get some helpful tips on how to avoid the four common pitfalls.
Learning to hear the nuances of tension and release in the interaction of scales and chords will do wonders for our abilities to play by ear and improvise.
What happens when scales and chord progressions meet? This little exercise will have a big impact on your improvisation, playing by ear, and songwriting.
Compare the Lydian and major scales and awaken your sense of tonal gravity. Both Lydian and major reveal the nature of historic change past and present.
Getting started with guitar improvisation doesn’t need to be complicated. Here’s a simple 3-step process that anyone can follow to learn to solo on guitar.