Looking to get your scale playing up to snuff? Wanna get your chops together in a way that breeds ultimate musicality? Do you have a serious itch to bring your playing to the next level without a thought of ever looking back? Then you’re ready for 7-Tone. Engineered by the great bassist, Gerald Carboy, the 7-Tone program is a thorough (and then some) melodic and harmonic study in the diatonic modal system of heptatonic scales. You know, the church modes – the ones with all the names after Greek islands, e.g. Ionian, Dorian, etc. Seriously, if you’re looking to really get your s#@t together, this is the ticket. Just be ready to play – and play you will.
The 7-Tone program puts you deep into the modes by coming at them from multiple in-depth approaches. Split up into six sections that are applied to each of the seven modes – Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian – they are as follows:
- Scale Fingerings
- Connected Intervals
The first step is getting the scale fingerings under, well, your fingers. This array of fingerings is purposely set up so that you’re always starting on the root and ending on a successive scale degree. The fingerings are very specific and must be played exactly as written for the sections that follow to work out the way they should. Click here for the Ionian fingerings sheet if you want to check it out in real time. But, before you play a note or consider this as a playing path to tread, lemme me dole out the rules…
- You must be ready to commit to meeting with me once a week.
- You’ll play every last note (and chord) with me. No shortcuts.
- You’ll play every linear component with consistent alternate picking.
- You’ll play every chordal component with hybrid picking.
- You’ll play everything with a metronome. All linear playing is to a 16th note rhythm.
- You’ll be required to tap your foot as you play (which one is left up to you).
- You will play everything perfect as there’s no allowance for any errors whatsoever. None.
- You will finish what you started at every turn. No exceptions.
It’s the last two rules that make 7-Tone what it is. Its all about facing your weak spots and being forced to deal with them. There’s no chance of putting anything aside to deal with it later. You deal with it now – it’s the only way. Just as Gerry did with myself and the other 7-Toners, I will be there every step of the way playing every note with you and making sure you play every iota of this program exactly the way you’re supposed to. Once you have the Scale Fingerings together it’s time for the real work starting with the Intervals. Wanna peak at what they’re all about? Click here.
The ultimate idea behind 7-Tone is to come out of it with absolutely no holes in what Gerry calls “the vision”. The vision is the complete outlook on how the neck works both in linear and polytonal forms. And, that’s the beauty of it – the pounding of that vision into your inner most being. I know it may sound a bit existential but IF you make it through 7-tone, and that’s a very real if, you’re whole guitar playing chi will be changed for life and you will feel like you can take on just about anything. The discipline asked of you here is heavy, but man, it’s worth it. 7-Tone was the single most important system of learning I ever worked through and that’s why I continue to teach it, develop it and basically live it nearly 20 years later (I finished in 1993).
If you’re serious about the guitar, improvising on a high level and truly want to get you’re playing together, drop me a line here and let’s get you started on the most important journey you’ll ever take with your axe. Be aware this journey will take you at least a year-and-a-half to finish. That is, of course if you’re putting in the time, otherwise it will take longer and be much more painful on the both of us.
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I look forward to hearing from you.
*** Information on the Melodic Minor 7-Tone program is coming soon!