ExAmplES playinG cells over three octaves
example 1 The following examples are all based around ‘cells’ that exist within A Aeolian (A-B-C-D-E-F-G), and can be taken over three octaves via the various string-pairs. The intention is to help you to start building up a useful repertoire of shapes and lines for you to be able to draw upon when improvising. In the first example, each ‘cell’ (collection of notes each given string-pair) is arranged in a (1-3) configuration and comprises the notes of a first inversion Am7 arpeggio (with the 3rd as its lowest note - C-E-G-A). See how the notes are embellished using a combination of slides (articulation) and surrounding notes in order to give expression and interest? example 2 As in Example 1, each ‘cell’ in this and the following three examples is arranged in a (1-3) configuration. Here, each one comprises the notes of a second inversion Am add9 arpeggio (with the 5th as its lowest note - E-A-B-C). Again, the notes of this line are embellished using slides. Also, note the timing: we’re not just starting on the first beat of the bar. example 3 Each cell in this example comprises the notes of a root position G add11 arpeggio (G-B-C-D). example 4 The same Am7 cells as used in Example 1 are used again here, only this time they are interpreted in a very different way: apart from slides, the notes are also embellished using various dynamics (accents). This example finishes off with a straightforward A minor pentatonic run.