Can you Play in 7/4?
Want to try?
Expand your rythmic language with the free play-along series below
- Level: All levels- but be ready to stretch your comfort zone.
- Time: 5-15 minutes
- Contents: 4 videos plus instructions
- Scales used: A major (3 sharps- F# C# G#) AKA B dorian mode
D major (2 sharps- F# C#) AKA B aeolian mode (easy video only)
This series is more abstract than some of my other play-alongs which include popular tunes and takes on different styles, but if you’re up for something different, it’ll stretch you, in a good way.
It includes easy and advanced versions, plus a stand alone backing track video and an example solo.
To get the most out of this play-along series:
3. Check out my example solo below if you want some inspiration or skip to the next step
Video 2: Example Solo
Video 4: Lesson (Easy Version)
How did it go? This is a more heady series than some of the others. For something more familiar, consult the master playlist and choose from Blues, Rock, Pop, Funk, Bluegrass, Jazz, Latin, R&B, as well as a bunch of popular tunes you may know.
You can also get the Custom Backing tracks and other lesson supplemental materials at this page too.
Want to get more resources?
Share these free play alongs with your students to:
- Develop your students technique, ear training, and theory in various styles
- Promote student independence. Your students can record themselves, reflect back and share their work.
- Save yourself time and stress of making your own materials from scratch
- Give students something different and fun to do- they’re short and easy enough for all levels
You can also use them as assessment tools by having students record and submit their work to you for feedback.
To help your students generate their own creative projects, learn improvisation, arranging, composition, and applied theory, consider licensing my courses for your entire class of students, and engage me to support you in managing their projects.
These are step by step online courses ready-made to help make online learning easier for you and more productive for your students. Learn more here or schedule a call with me to explore the possibilities.
Boost your learning by recording yourself playing along with the lessons and listening back to your work.
Have a question? Email me at email@example.com
How did I come up with this series?
Years ago I played with Cuban-born drummer/composer, Dafnis Prieto. He won the McArthur aka “genius” grant while I was working with him in NYC. We toured the world with his quintet for a few years and, I can say without a doubt that those experiences and everything I learned from Dafnis taught me a lot about rhythm.
Anyway, given that Dafnis is a genius drummer who mixes Cuban and Jazz rhythms with an Avante-Garde compositional sensibility, I did a lot of counting, in the rhythmic sense.
Let’s just say his music made playing Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring seem like Twinkle…
It took a while for me to be able to count without getting thrown, as if by a wild horse, by his beats. But after MANY gigs, I morphed into a different state of awareness, and began feeling it.
That’s when I realized that rhythm is very much something one must feel through immersion, with AND, just as importantly, without analysis. Counting can only take you so far in playing with a strong sense of rhythm. Studying and playing with Dafnis allowed me to get out of my head and to get away from counting.
In part to give you the chance to experience this type of catharsis, albeit riding a much a tamer horse, I made the series of play-along lessons above.
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