Pentatonics Diary 02-07-15


PD 02-07-15 - Work Song

A deliberately ‘dirty’ performance of this time-honoured theme. Just the five tones, no semitones.

Note that there is a practice-speed version of the theme for play-along learning at the end of the video.

You don’t need to play the theme as fast as here, or copy the end-of-phrase octave-roll drumming accurately.

The thing to 'get' is the melodic contour - the same/up/down formula.

The contour formula repeats:

[start] same - down - up - down - same - down - up - down - same (etc.) but ends down - up - down - down - down - up.

AABA form and transposing

The theme here is offered as a four-strain chorus in both A and B minors - for the 'transposing bonus'.

So it’s an AABA form, either way you look at it!

D and E minors would give you another all-white-key version of this AABA arrangement.

Further work

You should aim to be able to ‘see-and-hear’ this riff practically anywhere on the keyboard in your mind's eye.

Pick your starting note, quickly revise your five pentatonic tone and apply the same/up/down melodic contour formula.

Then go to the keyboard and 'check your results'.

Try singing along! Anybody can sing the blues - you don't have to be the least bit in tune. Ten minutes of pentatonics will give your mojo a boost any time of day!


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