Play These 4 Notes First Thing in the Morning (CHANGE YOUR WORLD!)

Waking up feeling like you have little to no creativity is extremely common, especially if you aren't working on any new songs or when you don't have any new riffs that were being studied from the days before...

In this video, I’m going to show you one of the best routines that I know of. It's easy to do this routine every morning to help loosen up your hands, calm your creative mind and in turn increase your creativity for the rest of the day.

Much of what you are trying to overcome is the unrest from a state of mind that will often hold you back from developing three things. Our best potential, our most unique /creative playing and our ability to tap into that "performance" mind-set.

The routine in this video will go a long way to help hit these key areas and allow you to achieve a better state of creativity more quickly, so as not to take up much time when you start your playing day.

If you have a hard time getting into a balanced /creative headspace at the start of your playing day I have an excellent 4-Note idea that you can use to start off with every morning.

This exercise is something that I learned a long time ago and have since taught it to many of my own private students.

This study has become one of the most valuable things that I like to do to start my day off. And, if you get used to doing this it will help you with being able to move forward in your day with a more relaxed mindset, (or what some people call a more Zen place musically - where you just feel more at ease and more at peace with everything).

This approach that I’m about to go over here will allow you to start your day more; balanced, and help you to get working on musical ideas in a more calm and focused state of mind.

The added benefit of this exercise is that it's simple to work on because it’s all based upon the most balanced intervals that are found in music, (which means that the exercise centers around the balanced sound of Major, Minor and Perfect Intervals).

On top of everything else, the exercise is a very cool musical idea that comes across with a lot of melodic possibilities. Plus, it’s a routine that I think you’re going to enjoy doing in the morning to start off your musical day on the most creative musical path.

To get started, let's cover a group of notes that we can use as an "along the neck track" of positions for applying our 4-note routine. The initial neck positions that we’re going follow on the fingerboard will be lateral and will look like the "Fig. 1" diagram below.

Figure 1). Lateral note group

Next, we will establish a fingering pattern for our four note structure. It’s a fingering that looks like the chord diagram shown in the "Fig. 2" image below.

Figure 2). Four-note fingering

NOTE: In the YouTube video, a secondary "optional" fingering is discussed. That fingering is provided in the "Fig. 3" diagram below. Try using it as an option.

Figure 3). Optional four-note fingering


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Next, let's break down the concept of how we would actually do this creative routine. So far, we have organized a lateral note position group (see figure 1), that we’re going follow with a vertical fingering layout (figure 2 and 3), across the neck.

The application of this exercise will focus on fitting our four-note chord fingering into each position.

When we put everything together, they create four 4-note fret-board examples that we can have some musical fun with. Here’s how they sit on the neck:

Shape 1).

Shape 2).

Shape 3).

Shape 4).

As you can tell these note groups are all based upon a simple fingering pattern which is then combined with the lateral "along the neck," positions that we can apply them into for a quick and easy creative study.

Together, the position layout and chord idea (of four notes), end up working extremely well as a fun creative exercise to start off the day.

And, the other added benefit is the balanced /peaceful (Zen) musical sound that is generated. The main reason why this chord fingering sounds so calm and relaxed has to do with how the groups of intervals are combined to create the sound off of each fingering pattern and fret-board position.

The interval combinations focus a lot on the Major 6th but there’s also emphasis on the Major 9, along with the Perfect 5th, the Minor 7, and the Major 3rd. When everything comes together, we have a smooth connection to the key signature of (in our case today) of “G Major.”

And the really cool part is that you can do this in other keys as well. Adding open strings just compliments the entire concept, so if your key permits, you'll want to definitely consider adding open strings around your chord pattern fingering.

As we saw with our example, if we simply add a low register tone of “D” open 4th string, in the bass we achieve a model effect, and that sounds really cool.

Before we wrap up this lesson, be sure to take a moment and watch how I have some fun with both the fingering shape and with the fret positions by jamming out some improvised ways of playing through this routine.You can find it on the YouTube video at the time stamp of [11:31].



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