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Student Feature: Beautiful Practice
Beautiful Practice is a practice regimen that tackles a whole legion of core challenges:
- the diatonic cycle
- inversions of triads
- open voicings
- going up the bass neck in a systematic way
- string crossing
- playing with a hocket delay
It is a bear on your right hand, left hand and your mind!
Here is Carmie in a student feature playing it for you in Eb. He calls it “Practica Bella”. I am beyond beaming here watching him play it! Even more impressed knowing he has only been playing a few years! Amazing!
Carmie is super dedicated, having gone through my course twice, in addition to private lessons with me. I am so happy to see the pay off he is getting for his efforts! Please show him some love and well-deserved props in the comments below! (Plus, how about that cool video filter?!!)
I presented this exercise that I co-developed with Wolf in a Talking Technique Episode called “Beautiful Practice” a while back. It was so successful that I followed it up with a version in minor.
It is a very satisfying exercise because it doesn’t even sound like an exercise, but rather a piece of music (Bach, anyone?). And once you have done it in a few different keys, that diatonic cycle is yours!
Why is that diatonic cycle so useful to know? Because the entirety of it or parts of it show up in songs all the time! Even the Blues changes give a nod to the diatonic cycle, as is the case with so many recognizable tunes (i.e. Isn’t She Lovely, Oh won’t you Stay (just a Little Bit Longer) etc etc etc.
For the entire diatonic cycle look no further than songs such as Fly me to the Moon (major), Still got the Blues, Autumn Leaves, Spain or Europa by Santana (minor).
Now it’s your turn!
Got your own Beautiful Practice exercise? Post your video in the comments if you’d like. I’d love to see it!