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Scale of Jacques (Depreciated)
Stratagems and Techniques for the Modern Artist. (Used for beginning improvisation)
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November 23, 2015 - 4:45 pm
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'Scale of Jacques' is used for improvised melodic practice, and or performance. When used successfully, an artist will enthrall oneself and on-hearers' to that which is the elusiveness music.

The science and mythology of scales

The prevalent practice of musical artistry is comprised from diverse musical scales/Keys all different in timbre and intonation. These relics of knowledge have been passed down for centuries to serve - as a formula for captivating and transposing classical music.

e.g. Bach(~1750), Chopin(~1849), Liszt(~1886),Debussy (~1918), Ysaÿe(~1931)

Modern theory for the evolving artist

Incrementing and decrementing scales is that modus operandi for musical artists'; he or she may choose when and where to move too next with a natural, flowing, and uninhibited articulation.

Today, a novice musician is sure to be burdened by the complexities of major and minor scales.

Let us begin with a summary of terms to help me explain to you what I mean when I say it. :

  •  Scale : I.E. Notes A,B,C,D,E,F,G.
  • Whole-Step : I.E. Articulation between notes'.
  •  Half-Step : I.E. Articulation between tones'.
  •  Transition : I.E. A change of direction while traversing a scale.
  • Traverse : I.E. Advancement along a scale in either direction.

Applying this Scale of Jacques

In order to do this we must simultaneously instantiate proactive melodics and then discern retrospective harmonics ... Simply worded, an artist must traverse a scale with Whole-Steps, and then during a Transition - the artist must intonate a Half-Step in order to provide that elusive and saltatory effect from which I pride this article.

The 'Scale of Jacques depends on an artist who can actively process notes as he/she performs or practices impromptu/freestyle music; this is because self correction is common-place E.G. Notes on Half-Steps and Whole-Steps tones create sound gaps that an artist must be able to continuously discern and fix I.E. land on accurate tones in order to perpetuate logical music.

The 'Scale of Jacques is even more simply, a C Major scale with sharps and flats.

The 'Scale of Jacques is best identified by its freedom of expression. A musician can adhere to it with ease while creating musical expression simply by ear, and desired tone - resulting in more colorful music and ease of play without the redundancy of transposition. 


Quick Start Guide to Scale of Jacques

  1.  Play the following four note scale with your four fingers : F->G->A->B.
  2.  Place your third finger right next to your fourth finger and call it an A.
  3.  Then play G with your second finger.
  4.  Place your third finger right next to your second finger and call it an A.
  5.  Finally, place your fourth finger on B.

-Trey M. Jacques


P.S. What is more important, melody or rhythm?

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November 30, 2015 - 2:54 pm
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I don't quite follow this.. but it seems very very cool. Thanks for Sharing Jacques. 😉

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