Lesson 2: Diatonic 4ths

After an inspiring lesson with Larry Goldings, and then studying out of Mick Goodrick’s “Almanac of Guitar Voice-Leading” volumes 1-3,  I began working on some simple diatonic fourth sequences.  This simple idea can be played in both a Lydian ( Major 7 #11)  or a Dorian (minor 7) context, and is fairly easy to hear and sing as a melody.


I added a some rhythmic displacement for interest and to help move the melody away from a ” lick” and towards more of an intervallic sequence.  The exercise is played in Lydian, in Dorian, then again displaced rhythmically and lastly through all the keys (around the circle of fourths). Also, learning to sing this melody is great ear training will help tremendously.  Remember to stay relaxed, play slowly, listen carefully and take frequent breaks.

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Lesson 2: Diatonic Fourths PDF

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  1. Hey Matt,

    I’m enjoying your blog a lot. It’s set up really nicely. I especially like the accompanying videos. I’m working on the diatonic 4th exercises now. Your blog is getting some attention here in Tokyo; a few people have mentioned that they are digging the material you’re offering as well as your advice about listening, being more conscious while practicing, etc. Thanks, man… JM

  2. Otto

    Thanks James, I appreciate your comment. You’ve been a big inspiration of mine for a long time, and I’ve enjoyed your blog as well, I can’t imagine how much time you’ve put into all those transcriptions, commentary and your interval matrix is limitless… I hope we get to play together again in the future.

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