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Odd Time: 7 Note Groupings

Mike Salow 210 lessons
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Odd Time

Now moving onto 7 note groupings.

This is the same type of idea that we just accomplished with 5 notes but now with (you guessed it) 7 notes.

Again we will be using the one octave C major scale in the same position but this time we'll be playing scale degrees 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. (C-D-E-F-G-A-B)

In the same way the down beat of each measure will be on a different note until 7 measures is up and then you are back to having a down beat on C.

(Remember, when you come back to C after every 7 note cycle you must start on the original 3rd fret A string C. Do not continue up the scale into the next octave.)

Also, notice that the amount of measures it takes to get back to the original starting point is based on the number of notes in the cycle.

5 note cycles take 5 measures to repeat and 7 note cycles take 7 measures to repeat. (this is if you are in 4/4 using 8th notes)

So in this cycle you would have the following:

||: CDEF | GABC | DEFG | ABCD | EFGA | BCDE | FGAB :||

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