Written by George Porter
19:55 Meeting with Guitars I
Led by Jaco.
We begin with some Circulation work:
- Circulation E major with matching registers
- Circulation G# major
- Circulation C major
- Circulation with key changes every 4 bars: E, G#, C major
Jaco emphasises the importance of recognising intervals and finding the next available note.
Circulations with vamps over modes:
- C major
- C lydian
- C mixolydian
- C dorian
Jaco presents us with a challenge for each of us to come up with our own vamps for all seven diatonic modes.
Jaco introduces a power chord riff in Bb minor pentatonic which is then reduced to the bass notes.
A second part is presented to create a thrakking pattern.
It’s challenging and we struggle to sync the parts and stay in time.
21:20 Meeting with Guitars II
We continue with the thrakking parts and there are some moments where it comes together but remains challenging.
Jaco presents a second riff based in Bb minor with alterations to make up a 15 note sequence containing challenging stretches and a variation on the beginning note too:
We loop this for some time with some impros over the top. The circulations, riff 1 and 2 are actually all part of a piece.
Jaco requests us to present pieces from our current repertoire. We play Maraton – some refreshment is required in the middle.
We also play Pendulo – J suggests making the bass sound groovy and to work on the tone.
We then move to circulating in E Lydian with 2 players on the down and 2 players on the up beat.
We complete by playing E Lydian scale on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th strings with stops to recognise intervals.