The Evil Time-Feel Exercise #2
I have recording gear set up all the time in my practice area. A few times a week I record myself and when the practice session is over, listen to it critically. I strongly suggest you adopt this method. You can gleam much insight to your playing that you don’t get when you are actually playing. Feel free to play chords, single lines, repeated figures etc. over this exercise…it all helps.
Here is a random recording of me playing the exercise.
Time Feel Exercise 2: Example
Now it’s your turn.
| Cmin7 | Cmin7 | E♭min7 | E♭min7 |
Remember, the changes are moving at the same rate. There are pushes and pulls, but the changes are unchanged. Try and keep your place.
I have a bunch of other exercises that I will be posting in the future, but in the mean time here are resources for you to check out.
Good Time!: “Improve Your Time & Harmonic Awareness” (Book & 4 CDs) (Play-A-Long Series, Volume 114): This is a great play along. There are a bunch of tunes that are presented with different instrumentation. Real fun and real good for you (like bran).
The Guitarist’s Guide to Composing and Improvising Book/CD: This is perhaps one of the most creative books I have ever read. There is great information on time and how to develop it. Also much more information on chords, lines, composing ideas and everything in between. A must for any serious guitar player!
Band-in-a-Box Pro 2011: I have been using Band-in-a-Box for years. I use it to practice tunes, for composition, to create exercises for my students and for myself and about a dozen other things. Great tool to have.