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Coursera – DYM Lesson 3 videos (5)

The 5th video for Lesson 3 of Coursera’s Developing Your Musicianship class is the lesson review. Its brief, at 2 1/2 minutes and dives right in.

5. Lesson Review and Assignment Overview (2:23) 

Professor Russell begins the review with, “So, as we review this lesson 3, we talked about major 6th intervals, major 7th intervals and we also talked about the minor pentatonic scale.” He demonstrates a major 6th by playing C on the piano and then a 6th, which should be A. He sings it  as well. He follows with a major 7th, which should be a B. He doesn’t tell us the name of the interval, but it shows up in music notation on the onscreen treble staff.

From here, he speaks about the minor pentatonic scale. He says that its a 5-note scale that’s probably the most popular scale in all American music. He then spells out the formula as [ 1 – b3 – 4 – 5 – b7 – 1 ] while the onscreen staff again shows the notes in the key of C.

Next, he describes this week’s homework assignment, which is to practice playing the minor pentatonic scale on the piano. Of course, I’m doing it on my bass. He says to just go up and down the scale (play it forward and then in reverse). Then he says that for our next homework assignment, he’d like us to find a song that uses a major 6th interval. He says it can be anywhere in the melody of the tune – so there goes my looking for a song with a bassline that uses the minor 6th. He concludes by offering the option to do the same with the major 7th. Its a bonus, and he says that, “If you can do this, I’ll give you major props.”


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