i was just jamming on a basic ending in f -  

||: gm7  c7 | am7  d7#9 ::|

and realized i was playing a lot of bb's for some reason.  so i decided not to play any bb's for a while but keep it at tempo, which  
was around 220.

what a way to bend my brain!

after plowing through that for a while, i decided not to play any bb or d notes which was doubly mind bending.  every time i altered the situation there was a learning curve, but after a while the heightened concentration started to seem normal.  i feel like i just discovered something.

there are however many variations of this you want.  change the chord progression, leave different notes and different numbers of notes out, change which notes get left out every four bars, etc...  

the benefit of an exercise like this is that it forced me to focus on each note i played and how i played it rhythmically.  it also forced me to alter my lines in ways i might not have thought of before.  the first minute of trying this was very eye opening.

anyway, give it a shot, let me know what happens.


what sets apart the greatest players is not the notes they play, but the rhythms they use to play them.  

think about it, when you choose a note to play, that's it, no more choices.  the way you play that note, that's where all the choices lie.  like classical music, with practice anyone can play the notes, but how they are played is what puts you on stage or in a pizza kitchen washing dishes.
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very interesting post - thanks for sharing that.
usually leaving a note (or two) out of a scale will completely alter the personality of the scale.

another way to look at the old adage "less is more"!
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