Probably the most frequently asked question is: “How do I actually make music using MAMI”?
There are two answers: one being simple and the other not quite so.
The simple answer… and the first, best place to start… is just by taking any scale (note grouping) and experiment with the intervals and timing to find unique melodies and harmonies within those notes.
Such to discover ones that sound pleasing to your ear, soul and musical spirit.
For this free purpose, both the top MAMI page visual elements… the keyboard / fingerboard note, plus interval chart diagrams… are go to and initial references.
Sure, there are a bunch of “technical stuff” cubes and interval tables, etc.: but the idea is to always try to discover the unique musical potential and ideas that exists solely within every scale. Then to play these musically.
Scales can be thought of… and applied… in very technical ways, but the goal should always be to MAKE MUSIC.
It is tempting to just simply ‘practice scales’… to essentially “play them like scales” and to apply them mindlessly… but each exploration with scales should serve a journey of musical exploration and ultimately some purposeful application with them: as they all have their own unique musical “flavor”.
If one thinks about a visual painter’s palette, the analogy is that there are some number of colors… a color grouping… that is very similar to the note grouping of a scale.
As the visual artist doesn’t just brush straight, even lines… mindlessly… in sequence with each color, nor should the musician approach the the application of note colors this way.
The problem exists that people are trained to think of scales linearly and in sequence: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, etc., but this does not constitute satisfying music. Not does this thought process represent anywhere near remotely the millions of beautiful musical ideas… turned to tunes… from creatively, plus tastefully applying just the notes within the major scale grouping.
IMHO there exists a multitude of relevant, tasteful and undiscovered both melodies and harmonies in every scale. The fun and challenge is to try to discover ideas within any given scale that suit you.
So EXPERIMENT: use your ears and always strive to think ‘feeling’ and be musical… not rote… in your playing.
What separates the best players… from hacks like me… is that they truly make and generate music from scales. It is there focus on making MUSIC and their innate musical soul that facilitates this.
A favorite musician of mine is guitarist Mike Stern: how he plays the diminished scale… and ideas based on the note groupings of the diminished scale… is the hippest, loosest, execution ever.
Without conscious, applied musical soul… like in the hands of us mere mortals… diminished scale ideas can represent as the lamest stuff ever to be played.
This said, another favorite musician… guitarist Allan Holdsworth… plays diminished ideas in an incredible technical, otherworldly, way: and it is awesome too.
So it’s just hearing thing and making them “work”.
As guitarist Pat Metheny both simplified and summarized being a musician: “It’s just about finding the good notes”.
Okay… all this said… the second approach is a more technical one: and which should not overrule the first approach in any way.
The MAMI Cubes and technical analysis sections simply… and visually… help to clue those people versed in music theory as to the theoretical musical potential uses of any scale / note grouping: for a different approach and level of application.
For example: if you can quickly see what chords are innately contained within any scale… as every MAMI Notes Chords Scales Chart Diagram so affords… it becomes easier to think of, imagine and create meaningful harmonic (chord) progressions using that scale.
The same capability exists in the melodic application of any scale: including its numerous modal melodic potential ideas.
For those versed in just basic music theory, the easy technical analysis… afforded by using MAMI Chart Diagrams… can provide amazing, easy accessibility to the beautiful musical potential of any subject scale!
Personally, I will often… and daily… pick a random scale and quickly find ways to make music from it using its MAMI chart diagram.
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