Guide Tones

Guide Tones

Theory, Application and Aural Comprehension

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The secret to playing and hearing melodies over chord progressions

Do you want to learn the secret to playing and hearing melodies over chord progressions? If you've been knocking your head against the wall for years and not getting anywhere when trying to play over more than one chord, this "Guide Tones" course is your answer. Creating great melodic solos over chord progressions is one of the toughest nuts to crack. The "Guide Tones" Course breaks through these barriers by presenting you with a logical, holistic approach to developing this skill.

Totally change your understanding of how to play over chord progressions!

This "Guide Tones" class is quite simply the key that opens the door to playing over chord progressions! This massive course contains all the elements you need to understand, apply and hear the melodic lines that make sense over simple or complex chord changes. As you can see below, you get everything you need to take a beginner, intermediate or advanced student to a level where they are truly hearing melodies in a key center, even if the progression contains highly complex chords. Here's what you get:

  • 15 Videos and one 113 page PDF on the theory and application of guide tones.
  • How to apply guide tone lines to chord progressions with 192 chord progression examples.
  • An extensive ear training section which includes ground breaking theory on how to "hear" guide tones and 192 MP3s to use to develop your ability to hear and play guide tone lines.
  • 36 Chord Progressions with four examples of guide tone lines each which shows you how these melodies work with both simple and advanced chord changes.
  • Midifiles of all exercises and recommendations on how to use these files to develop your skills.
  • Backing Tracks in a Blues/Jazz style for 36 chord progressions at 3 different tempos.
  • Backing Tracks in a Funk Style for 36 chord progressions
  • Walking Bass Backing Tracks in a Blues/Jazz Style for 36 chord progressions

A Course for Any Style of Music

No matter what style of music you like, working with this course will develop your ability to solo over chord changes in just about any genre. The book shows you the relationships between the chords you are working with and those in popular pop tunes, demonstrating how applying yourself to this course makes for better solos on any chord changes in any style.

Guide Tones is one of the Core Courses of the Bruce Arnold System..

The "Guide Tones" course show you how to hear melodies in a key center throughout a piece of music. This simple way of hearing melodies as they relate to a key center and not the interval between each note is actually revolutionary. Without this kind of understanding your ability to play beautiful melodies within a key center will be drastically hampered. This course will also teach you how to identify the notes that are being played when you hear a simple melody moving through complex chord changes. This course also takes you from very simple Blues, Minor Blues and Rhythm Changes to highly sophisticated examples.

Common Questions





  • Quite a few of you have been asking me "what is the best way to practice with the Guide Tones Course?"  Here are some recommendations.
  • First, the Full MetroDrone course is a super helpful tool to use in conjunction with the Guide Tones course, and gives you the most options in the long run.  I have included a few MetroDrones already to get you started, but you will eventually want to speed up your ability, which will require the Full MetroDrone Course.  Depending on your level you could start each Guide Tone line exercise differently and over time you might start skipping some steps as you improve.
  • Here is a ground-up approach.
  • Sing the Guide Tone line over a MetroDrone: pick a tempo or use the included MetroDrone files. If using the full MetroDrone course pick a tempo that allows you to sing one note per MetroDrone pulse.
  • If you are not sure you are singing correctly use the MetroDrone with the note and name addition which is included in the course to check your intonation.  When possible try to sing the note before the tone and answer are given.
  • Once comfortable with 1-2 Try to sing the Guide Tone line over the chord changes.  You can do this multiple ways.




  • Here is a list from easy to difficult.
  • Sing along with the Guide Tone MP3 with chords which will give you both the note and the answer in the key center.
  • Sing along with the Guide Tone MP3 with chords only.
  • Sing along with the Guide Tone MP3 with bass and chords in a Funk Style.
  • Sing along with the Guide Tone MP3 with bass line.
  • Things to remember:
  • You are trying to hear all notes in the key center, NOT in relationship to the chords.
  • I recommend using solfeggio for the singing, but note names or degrees can work too.
  • Try to master one Guide Tone Line per week.  You should be able to do this with about 15 minutes of study each day.
  • Try to also apply the Guide Tone Line using your chosen instrument so that you start to improvise around the Guide Tone Line.
  • Keep in mind:
  • The “Guide Tones” Course is teaching you how to hear melodies over changing chords. This will transform your ability and understanding of playing and hearing chord progressions.
  • Be patient! For some of you who are getting only around 50% correct answers on the One Note Ear Training, it will be tougher, but remember that it is getting you to understand how to hear with chord changes, which is important to your understanding of music in general. So don't rush, just learn at your own speed.
  • Most music uses the same kinds of chord progressions over and over, as is demonstrated with the pop tunes mentioned in the course.  So learn one Guide Tone line, and  it will actually work over many chord progressions, in many songs. So by mastering one Guide Tone line you will have done a lot to help you hear music.






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New York Guitar Method Volume One

New York Guitar Method Volume One

The flagship book of the New York Guitar Method Series.

New York Guitar Method Volume One is the "Holy Grail" of scale books. Everything you ever wanted to know about scales is included in this book. But this book isn't just a collection of scales; it's an in-depth method for raising your musicianship through the understanding of how scales interface with every aspect of music.

If you are a student who wants to master:

  • 22 most used scales in music
  • Chords with additional tensions added.
  • Music theory and its relationship to scales.
  • Slash chords; what they are and how to use them.
  • Modal Sequencing and the common patterns that form great melodies.
  • Polyrhythmic Feel.
  • Rhythmic permutation of scales.

Then look no further; this book will set you on the road to world class musicianship.

This 348 page book will:

This book demystifies all of these subjects and then goes way beyond.

Learning scales using the 3 notes per string method will help break you "out of the box." You'll go way beyond just scales and their fingering patterns. By knowing how to apply sequencing to scales, you can forget about buying every new Shred video that comes out. This book gives you the theory behind all the cool licks you ever wanted to learn but it doesn't stop there; is also includes Modal Sequencing with Rhythmic permutation to give you kick-ass scale ideas. In other words, you'll have what you need to start creating your OWN sound!

Need further information? Here's a detailed list on the contents of this book

Take a deep breath.

The following scales and their theory are covered in great detail:

All the Chords with Tensions that you need to know to become a World Class Guitarist.

Added tensions for the following chord types are covered:

  • Major7
  • Minor7
  • Dominant7
  • Dominant7 sus4
  • Minor7b5
  • Diminished 7
  • Minor Major 7
  • Major7#5

Articulations: the secret ingredient to soulful playing.

In-Depth coverage of the following Articulations:

  • Hammer-Ons
  • Pull-Offs
  • Slides from Below
  • Slides from Above
  • Bends
  • Pre-Bends
  • Vibrato
  • Accents
  • Staccato
  • Legato

Modal Sequences: A comprehensive explanation of how to build great melodies.

In-Depth look at the following Modal Sequences:

  • Two Note Modal Sequencing-Seconds
  • Two Note Modal Sequencing-Thirds
  • Two Note Modal Sequencing-Fifths
  • Two Note Modal Sequencing-Sixths
  • Two Note Modal Sequencing-Sevenths
  • Three Note Modal Sequencing
  • Four Note Modal Sequencing

Scale and Music Concepts

A Black Belt in Scales

We can say with full confidence that you'll have a black belt in scales after studying this book. Of course you'll want to apply all this knowledge to make it stick. That's why there is also the "New York Guitar Method Ensemble Book One," the companion book for the New York Guitar Method Volume One This book has you apply all the information covered through etudes, exercises, soloing, chord progressions and sight reading.

So is this book the right book for you?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you sometimes not know what is the right scale to play?
  • Do you mostly use a few scales and can't figure out how to use the rest?
  • Do you find your scale playing to be bland?
  • Are you bored with the way you play scales when you improvise?
  • Do you feel like you play the same things every time you improvise?
  • Do you need more ideas on how to use scales?
  • Do you need to get more rhythmic interest into you scale playing?
  • Do you feel like you need some new sounds in your playing?

If the answer is YES then New York Guitar Method Volume One will get you on track to solving your scale problems. Filling in these gaps in your playing will make you a much better musician and give you the confidence to tackle any type of music.

Here is a couple of examples of MP3s that can be played or downloaded to help you learn each chord progression

Bringing together many Muse Eek Books to raise your musicianship

New York Guitar Method contains carefully selected excerpts from other Muse Eek Publications, making each book a targeted compilation. In the case of New York Guitar Method Volume One additional content has been taken from:

The New York Guitar Method is an unmatched series of book covering all the things you need to become a world class guitarist.

By combining theoretical and practical application this series of books gives you everything you need to become a great guitarist. Get a consistent, comprehensive education by working through the entire New York Guitar Method series.

Whether you are a total beginner or an advanced guitarist there is a book in this series that is perfect for you. GET STARTED TODAY!

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