Lesson 75: Cycle Wheel pt.3

This is the final part of a 3 part lesson series dealing with using Cycle Wheels to deconstruct any 7 note scale. The 3 cycles will allow you to explore every ascending and descending interval from any scale.  Check out Lesson 73 for a basic introduction to the concept.  Lesson 74 covers Cycle Wheel 3/6.

Cycle 4 -5  A Harmonic Major

   In this lesson we look at Cycle 4 and 5 (ascending 4ths and descending 5ths or descending 4ths and ascending 5ths).  In this example we will use the concert A Harmonic Major Scale.  For more information on Harmonic Major you can reference Lesson 23 or you can get my book on it here.

 Remember to try playing the exercise over a drone, pedal or with the roots and rhythm play along (which I’m using in the video) to help create a harmonic environment for your ears.  If you play guitar or piano you can accompany yourself or set up a loop of some sort.  By practicing the cycle motion melodies over all 7 notes of the scale, you’ll get a sense of how the melody sounds in the context  of the different modes.

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