Outside Beginner

Luca Mantovanelli

Tuesday 5th Sep, 2023

What do we mean by "playing outside"? Why would you want to do it? Basically, we're talking about notes that don't belong in the current key or tonality, creating tension and dissonance. That could be just a flat 5th added to the minor pentatonic in a blues solo, but that's a very tiny version of "outside". In practice, we're really talking about a more sustained tension, across a whole phrase. And why do it? It's fun! The word "dissonance" can have negative connotations, but if we frame it as "tension", it's an essential part of music. If we played music with no tension (harmonic, melodic, rhythmic or textural) it would be very bland and dull. The important thing is to recognise the need to resolve, to come back "inside". If you go outside and stay outside, your music will be equally dull, but also very hard work!

Tuesday 5th Sep, 2023

Exercise 01a

Starting with the familiar (I hope) basics, this is A minor pentatonic (A C D E G) in Shape 1. At ...

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Exericse 01b

The same principle, but this time I descend through A minor pentatonic, ascend through A# minor ...

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Exercise 02a

The same principle as Ex1a, but in Shape 2 of the minor pentatonic. From now on, I'll resolve to ...

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Exercise 02b

The same principle as Ex1b, but in Shape 2 of the minor pentatonic.

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Exercise 03a

The same principle as Ex1a, but in Shape 3 of the minor pentatonic.

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Exercise 03b

The same principle as Ex1b, but in Shape 3 of the minor pentatonic.

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Exercise 04a

The same principle as Ex1a, but in Shape 4 of the minor pentatonic.

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Exercise 04b

The same principle as Ex1b, but in Shape 4 of the minor pentatonic.

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Exercise 05a

The same principle as Ex1a, but in Shape 5 of the minor pentatonic (going down an octave to cover ...

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Exercise 05b

The same principle as Ex1b, but in Shape 5 of the minor pentatonic.

Tuesday 5th Sep, 2023

Lick 01

Exactly the same concept as the exercises, except now my opening A minor pentatonic line covers two ...

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Lick 02

I've gone a bit more bluesy and laid-back on the A minor phrases here, but the A# phrase is more ...

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Lick 03

Here's a little glimpse of a more advanced approach. I shift briefly into A# minor on beat 3 of bar ...

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Solo

Your ultimate aim is to make these outside journeys sound smooth and natural – an intrinsic part ...

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