The OSIRE - Tips & tricks

 

Suggestions on how to practice scales

Forged triplet
Inverted forged triplet
Budai's forged triplet
Forged triplet #3
Forged triplet #4
Rumba
Inverted Rumba
Latin
Inverted latin
Compas
Inverted compas
Asymmetric variations
Gallop
Inverted gallop
Melodic
How to unify different rhytmic formulas
Acoustic guitar
Splitting scales
Other kinds of guitars
Quart tuning
How to customise cycle notes
Separation of cycles
Thinking of getting rid of frets?

 

Suggestions on how to practice scales

 

Upon starting the OSIRE, the user immediately notices that how easy it is to enter different variations in the software. As we are using computer (and human!) friendly notations, which are readily avaiable to copy and paste thanks to the work of Tamas. This section contains useful and/or interesing variations, that I found worth publishing.

 

Forged triplet

This variation was published years ago on the school's website. It is very useful, very difficult, and is not recommended for beginners.

  • 0120 1201 2012 0120

Inverted forged triplet

We can make a new variation with a little modification:

  • 2102 1021 0210 2102

Budai's forged triplet

Andras Budai, my student created his custom triplet, which I found very useful:

  • 012 012 012 012 012

Forged triplet #3

  • 0020 0100 2001 0020

Forged triplet #4

  • 2001 0020 0100 2010

Rumba

This is the scale implemetation of the classic rumba rhythm. Very enjoyable!

  • 01101101

  • ...and it's possible to make new versions: 02202202, etc.

Inverted rumba

  • 10010010

  • ...and it's possible to make new versions: 20020020, etc.

Latin

  • 00100101

  • ...and it's possible to make new versions: 00200202, etc

Inverted latin

  • 11011010

Compas

The most important thing in the flamenco style is the rhytmic pattern, the compas. It's completely asymmetrical, and makes it very interesting. The classic flamenco metronome works in a loop of 12 tracts, and its time signature is the very odd 12/8.

  • 0110 1101 0101

Inverted compas

  • 1001 0010 1010

Asymmetric variations

There are different symmetric problems in variations. In this case it's not in the rhytmic pattern, but in the technique used in the scale. A few of these variations that I consider very useful:

  • 001

  • 0001

  • 00001

  • 000001

  • 0000001

  • 00000001

  • etc.

Gallop

We start this variation very slowly, and then increase the speed as much as possible.

  • 00 0

Inverted gallop

  • 0 00

Melodic

I find this melody very beautiful when is being played back on a scale. However, it's as difficult as aesthetic!

  • 0120 1201 2456 5432

How to unify different rhytmic formulas

It often is a problem to play different rhytmic units after each other. A typical example would be to play triplets after four sixteenths (0000). This can cause severe problems, even for players who are not beginners. To start playing with these, adjust the metronome to a very slow speed:

  • 0 00 000 0000

  • 0 00 000 0000 000 00 0

  • 000 0000

  • etc.

For those who feel they are extremely confident, should give it a shot with these very hard variations:

 

  • 00 00000

  • 000 00000

  • 0000 000000

  • 00 0000000

  • etc.

Acoustic guitar

 

Splitting scales

On acoustic guitars...

 

 

...is impossible to play full scales, as the body is in the way after the 12th fret. (actually it can be done, but it would include distortions in the finger order!). This is true for all full scales, pentatonic included.
In order to adapt the scales to acoustic guitars, go to Settings -> General -> Fret, and adjust it to 13.

 

 

The OSIRE adjusts the number of scales to be played back to compensate the 'shortcoming' of the acoustic guitar. Also, we can 'split' the full scales in half:

 

1. F-major full scale in half - G-Dorian - A-Phrygian - B-Lydian - C-Mixolydian

 

 

2. F-mixolydian full scale in half - G-Minor - A-Locrian - B-Major - C-Dorian

 

 

The second scale has been relocated to Bb-major - G-minor, as the mixolydian scale was started from the note F. This is not a problem, as right now gaining the fluency in playing the scales is far more important than tonality problem. Splitting the full scale in half on an acoustic guitar gives us the following deductions:

  • Heptatonic scales will always have 5 scales fitted

  • Pentatonic scales always have one more scale that situates 'over' the 13th fret.

Other kinds of guitars

 

Quart tuning

It's worthwhile trying out what happens when the guitar is cleanly quart-tuned. This is feature is accessible in Settings -> General -> Type: Custom, and Tuning: Clean Quart. This is how it looks in F-major:

 

 

It is necessary to re-tune the guitar itself, to

 

E-A-D-G-C-F

 

How to customise cycle notes

This idea is fairly simple: Take a look at the 0100 variation! Just double the speed of the upper note (1). This has a different notation in the OSIRE: 0 11 0 0. This system is introduced in the School.


Separation of cycles

I have published some learning instructions in the OSIRE manual, which are detailed further in the School. It is no secret that in order to successfully learn something, each cycle should be started at very slow speeds.
The OSIRE has this fuction built in as well. Let's see an example:
Take the variation 01010101. It's complicated to start with, so we made possible to separate this with the following notation:

 

01-

 

The '-' sign inserts a small gap in the variation, which greatly helps beginner students.

 

Thinking of getting rid of frets?

 

How to make fretless guitars in OSIRE?

The question is how to make this:

 

 

from this:

 

 

...the difference is that the dots have been relocated to the place of the frets.

 

In order to do this:

  1. Go to OBRE 4 (Four-stringed bass guitar)

  2. Settings -> Guitar -> Tuning, select and copy E1A1D2G2 WITHOUT the 'Default' on!

  3. Go to OVRE (Violin)

  4. Settings -> Guitar -> Tuning, and paste E1A1D2G2 into the place of violin.

  5. Press OK.

www.music-instrument-guitar.com - The OSIRE - Tips & tricks

Partners

Casio

Fast