013 Hexatonic Etudes

013 Hexatonic Études: Pitch Class Set Exercises for Dominant 7th Key Center

013 Hexatonic Études: Pitch Class Set Exercises for Dominant 7th Key Center

"013 Hexatonic Études: Pitch Class Set Exercises for Dominant 7th Key Center" contains 336 études exploring 28 hexatonic scales ( 6 note scale) in all keys. Each of these 28 hexatonic scales can be played over a dominant 7th chord. A dominant 7th of course is one of the most commonly used chords in music so if you are looking for new sounds to explore these études are an excellent resource. Each étude is played at three different tempos so it is good for beginning to advanced students. Midi files are also included so you can play these études at any tempo. All études are played over a dominant 7th chord which repeats every measure, so you can hear exactly what each étude will sound like in a real musical situation. It will also improve your key center recognition when it comes to a dominant key center. These études can be used as an ear training exercise as well; you can either transcribe the étude or a more general ( and a lot more fun ) ear training exercise is see how quickly you can identify the 6 notes that are being used in the étude. These études are all written on the 16th note metric level so they are also a great way to develop your ability to sight read 16th notes. Each étude is one page in length so reading one or two études each day is a quick way to improve your sight reading or ear training skills.

What are Hexatonic Études?

The "013 Hexatonic Études" are composed of 2 three note groups of notes that alternate back and forth using two, three or four notes from each group. This pivot back and forth between two different three note groups creates a very modern sound. In these specific études we are pivoting back and forth between 2 three note groups whose internal structure is made up of a half step and a minor third. Using pitch class set theory we would call this grouping an 013 which is just a way of looking at the intervals contained within the three note group. The course will explain this idea of thinking with pitch class sets which is easy but takes a little explanation.

336 Études for Developing New Sounds Over a Dominant 7th Chord.

The following list shows the different études included. These études are played at 3 different tempos so that a beginning to advanced student will find an appropriate level. Please see drop down menu below for a complete list of content:

Since these études are using 28 different hexatonic scales and each scale has 12 different unique études you are getting a good sampling of possible sound of each hexatonic scale. In total this gives you 336 exercises to help you immerse yourself in these new sounds. A good way to work through this course is to first listen to the level 3 études which will be at the fastest tempo. This will help you to decide if you like the sound of the hexatonic scale and want to investigate it further by playing through the études.

You should also be aware that there is a multitude of other courses that are closely related to this course in that they will help you to develop both the technical and aural perception skills needed to master this type of sound.

Below are some examples of the études with MP3s to hear each example. Each étude is has accompanying MP3s that play the example at 3 different tempos. Midifiles are also included so a student can choose any tempo.

  • Listen for the interesting sound this hexatonic scale creates: Click triangle above to see dropdown score. Count off is two measures of half note C Dominant Chords.
  • Level Two MP3 for example above
  • Level Three for example above
  • Remember you can play these examples at any tempo... Super slow or extremely fast with the midifiles that accompany this course.
  • Listen for the interesting sound this hexatonic scale creates: Click triangle above to see dropdown score. Count off is two measures of half note C Dominant Chords.
  • Level Two MP3 for example above
  • Level 3 for example above
  • Remember you can play these examples at any tempo... Super slow or extremely fast with the midifiles that accompany this course.

Recommended way to proceed with the course

Since these études are using 28 different hexatonic scales and each scale has 12 different unique études you are getting a good sampling of possible sound of each hexatonic scale. In total this gives you 336 exercises to help you immerse yourself in these new sounds. A good way to work through this course is to first listen to the level 3 études which will be at the fastest tempo. This will help you to decide if you like the sound of the hexatonic scale and want to investigate it further by playing through the études.

Just listening can really change your perceptions!

It can't be stressed enough that just listening to these examples can really effect your perception and expand your harmonic and melodic palette. It is also a good idea to just casually listen to these études because they will influence your overall musicianship.

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