Play to learn
How did you learn to speak your first language? Babies listen, and babble, and invent, and refine. That's Freescaling in a nutshell.
Melody, harmony, and rhythm
The basic elements of music: Freescaling helps you use, understand, and enjoy all three. On one level, it can be described simply as “a fun way to practice scales.” And it IS that simple. But you’ll soon understand that it’s also much, much more. It’s a catalyst that causes a musical reaction inside you.
Although I’ve made my living as a jazz musician, Freescaling isn’t a jazz program. It does borrow something essential from jazz, though, which is to learn by doing. Babies don’t stay silent until they know all the words in the dictionary—they play to learn!
From scales to chord families
Every note exists in a context. Learning those relationships is the wellspring of our music-making ability.
That’s why Breaking Loose, the song that launches you on your Freescaling journey, is learned by rote, by ear. As you play, you uncover the fact that the song’s melody is built around a scale, and the song’s chords are derived from that scale. With that understanding, you are free to literally “play around” with the scale in the context of a song.
This is no dry discussion of music theory; this is theory in action that is meaningful even to the very beginning student. Maybe especially to the beginning student!
What helps make Freescaling truly different are the play-along tracks created for your Freescaling sessions: hours of tracks, in every Key. The tracks are harmonized so that “anything goes” in terms of creative scale-playing. The range of track styles and tempos means you’ll find different tempos and grooves to fit your mood. There are also “patchwork tracks” in each Key that change to a new groove every minute, keeping students interested and involved for a focused 5- or 10-minute freescaling practice session. Just a few minutes a day of Freescaling can pay big dividends.
Rhythm and phrasing are the engine that make music go. You can combine artful phrasing with “wrong” notes and still sound musical. The opposite — combining all the “right” notes with bad or boring rhythm — is guaranteed to produce bad and boring music.
Rhythmetrics is a unique, new tool that sharpens your rhythmic skills and jumpstarts your ability to create your own music.
The tools of inspiration
Rhythmetrics and Freescaling go hand in hand, offering a continuing stream of ideas and nudges to inspire you. It’s a lot like Legos: sturdy, easy, accessible pieces that can be combined in a zillion ways. It’s not “practice” for something else; it’s play, right here and right now. Which is how humans learn best.