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I think the coolest thing is when you learn a scale in the way that
you develop a personal relation to it. Then you hear and play the
scales just as naturally as you hear or play a simple note. First time
this actually dawned on me was in 1981 when I had a two guitars, bas n
drum jazz quartet that played sort of Pat Metheny inspired songs that
we wrote directly for this band. The other guitarist was incredibly
fast to play scales, while I had always focused on tone and
intonation. Anyway, when he played different scales in that super
speed the music just looked as color clouds in the air to me and I
realized the color was the scale. Obviously this happened to me
because he played so fast that it was physically impossible to hear
each note - so I was sort of forced into listening to the flow of the
notes instead. A great revelation it was! :-)  Some years later I read
about John Coltrane having this experience when hearing the harp being
played and smiled to myself as I was reading... It's really a
universal phenomenon.

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen
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