L256 Em7 dorian lick 1st position #2

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Part 2 of this Eminor dorian scale in all positions series

Still in first position but this time not using open strings, making it easier to transpose to other keys – You should be able to use both since open strings gives other melodic ideas because of the fingering, and its sounds really cool when the open string note overlaps a fretted note, see L255.

I also incorporate some chromatic leading notes in this lick, here the notes fall between the octave E and 9th F#, you can view it as walking from E to F# using the note in between:

E –> F –> F#

Same applies in the next similar pattern, where we have the chromatic run from B to C# spelling B –> C –> C# .

Its one of the keys to make scale patterns sound musical and interesting – adding chromatic notes inbetween the scale notes

TIP when ever you have a scale with whole step intervals (2 frets distance), you can add the chromatic note between – the key is to put it rhythmically right.

As a general rule the chord/scale notes should fall on the down beats and the chromatic on the off beats ie when playing the first pattern slow:

Here with 8 notes:

1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 1
E F F#

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October 5, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

[...] and 2 and 3 and 4 and 1E F F#Get the backing track from http://playbassnow.com/bass-lick-of-the-day/l256-em7-dorian-lick-1st-position-2/You just need to [...]


iopmatt said,


May 19, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

Is there a way to just get the backing track w/ no bass???


Joe said,


September 3, 2009 @ 3:35 pm

This lick is really good MarloweDK.


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