September 6, 2012

Quartal Exercise

This is again at the courtesy of Riccardo Leccese who also shared the two voicings per chord study over "Body & Soul". Quartal harmony is definitely a very significant sound for the jazz genre, but very hard to execute and this one will really get your thinker thinkin'.

This is from a masterclass Riccardo attended where Kurt playing diatonic fourth (quartal intervals) over the major scale. Kurt demonstrates diatonic 4ths going up in diatonic thirds, then up a step, and returning down again in diatonic thirds. He would then take this exercise round the cycle of fifths.

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6 comments:

  1. Thanks but are the fingerings made with the 3rd finger for each note ?

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  2. Anonymous -> That would be a very difficult exercise ;-) But I think Riccardo simply means triplets.

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  4. Sorry,i wrote a wrong fingering, i have not my guitar here ;)
    This is the correct:

    2-3-4
    2-3-4
    2-3-4
    1-2-3
    3-2-1
    4-2-1
    4-3-2
    4-3-2

    @MadsRH, maybe you can correct my previous post, just correcting the fingering?Sorry but i have no time now.
    Thanks
    Riccardo

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    1. Riccardo -> I can't edit it, but I'll delete it so no one gets confused :-)

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  5. @MadsRH : Thanks to have deleted my wrong post.

    I try to explain something more. With the numbers 3 in the sheet, i mean triplets but actually you can try to use that with different rhythmic pattern, it's up to you.

    The fingering, for the first tonality, is the following:

    2-3-4
    2-3-4
    2-3-4
    1-2-3
    3-2-1
    4-2-1
    4-3-2
    4-3-2

    It's not a so common fingering, especially if you are not adopted to use your pinky.Luckily i am :).
    I suggest to everyone who will try this exercise to start just with the first tonality (G major), and repeat in a cycle way. When you get, try the others with similar fingering (discover the better one for yourself where you can't use my suggestion).
    It's hard, believe me, but it's a great exercise for dexterity.

    All the Best
    Riccardo

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