5.Th2/4, 2 Flats

The new key signature in this session contains a new note, Eb, in addition to the Bb that you are used to. Although the Eb is written in the top space of the stave, it applies to the E on the bottom line as well.

You now have a key signature for Bb major / G minor and a number of related modes. You should practice it before starting work on the next tune . . .

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. . . but in the event, the tune below is Chinese and is built on a Bb Major Pentatonic scale. As you never actually play an A or a D in the tune, it's also worth getting used to the gaps . . .

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2-Time / Hsiao

There are only two beats in a bar in Hsiao, but a quarter-note/crotchet is still one beat long. There are some eighth-notes/quavers in the tune, so your underlying count will need to be 1 + 2 + 1 + 2 + etc

  • The commas above the stave indicate the ends of phrases - Chinese tunes are less likely to have the balanced phrase-lengths typical of American & European melodies.
  • Sus the rhythm - Sing it! - Sus the notes - Remind yourself of the rhythm and contour - Play it.
  • Aim for 120bpm

Because this is pentatonic, apply the 'adjacent notes for adjacent fingers' rule to the notes of the pentatonic scale rather than the full Bb major.

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Here's how the tune should have sounded (on C, Bb, Eb instruments).

Tied Eighth-Notes

In preparation for some tied rhythms in tomorrow's tunes, here are some rhythms to count & clap. Loop the patterns until they feel familiar - you'll come across them a million times.

It helps to clap them as if there were no ties at first, and then think the second note of each tied pair without playing it.