Three Note Ear Training Series

Three Note Ear Training Series

Three Note Ear Training Series develops your ability to modulate and hear three notes played either simultaneously or in succession. There are three different types of Three Note Ear Training Available in the Series.

Three Note Ear Training Series

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Please note: The Three Note Ear Training Types listed should be practiced in the order listed above.

Ear Training Three Note Simultaneous:

Ear Training Three Note Simultaneous is consistent with the exercises found it the Two Note Ear Training Series but with three notes. Three Note Ear Training is done in the exact same way as Two Note Ear Training so no book is included. In some ways it's easier because three notes define a key center easier than two notes. Five Volumes available.

Recommended prerequisite:

  • Ear Training One Note Advanced
  • Key Note Recognition
  • Ear Training Two Note Advanced

Ear Training Three Note Simultaneous.

Five Volume of Downloads Available in MP3 format:

Ear Training Three Note Simultaneous...Volume One

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Ear Training Three Note Simultaneous... Volume Two.

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Ear Training Three Note Simultaneous... Volume Three.

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Ear Training Three Note Simultaneous... Volume Four

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Ear Training Three Note Direct Application Arpeggiated Study:

Ear Training Three Note Direct Application Arpeggiated Study plays 3 note arpeggios 10 times with a 10 second gap between each repetition. A student can use these files to similate soloing over unknown changes. This is done by playing one note on your instrument after you hear the 3 notes. A student first distinguishes the key center of the 3 notes. Then using the one note ear training method identifies the three notes within the key. The remaining time is spent improvising over the 3 note arpeggiation which lasts about 2 minutes. The names of the notes are not given verbally on the track but the track name contains the pitches played. This is a great exercises for simulating improvising over chord changes without known what chord is next. These MP3's use an acoustic piano sound and each example chooses three out of the 88 possible notes on the piano. Five Volumes available.

Recommended prerequisite:

  • Ear Training One Note Advanced
  • Key Note Recognition

Ear Training Three Note Direct Application Arpeggiated Study.

Five Volume of Downloads Available in MP3 format:

Ear Training Three Note Direct Application Arpeggiated...Volume One

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MSK 206

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Ear Training Three Note Direct Application Arpeggiated...Volume Two.

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MSK 207

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Ear Training Three Note Direct Application Arpeggiated...Volume Three.

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Ear Training Three Note Direct Application Arpeggiated...Volume Four

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Ear Training Three Note Direct Application Arpeggiated...Volume Five.

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Ear Training Three Note Direct Application Three Note Simultaneous Study.

Ear Training Three NoteDirect Application Three Note Simultaneous Study plays 3 note simultaneously 10 times with a 10 second gap between each repetition. This series of Direct Application exerises should be used after working with the arpeggiated versions. The techniques used with this set of exercises is the same as the arpeggiated version. For example a student can use these files to similate soloing over unknown changes. This is done by playing one note on your instrument after you hear the 3 notes. A student first distinguishes the key center of the 3 notes. Then using the one note ear training method identifies the three notes within the key. The remaining time is spent improvising over the 3 note arpeggiation which lasts about 2 minutes. The names of the notes are not given verbally on the track but the track name contains the pitches played. This is a great exercises for simulating improvising over chord changes without known what chord is next. These MP3's use an acoustic piano sound and each example chooses three out of the 88 possible notes on the piano. Five Volumes available.

Recommended prerequisite:

  • Ear Training One Note Advanced
  • Key Note Recognition

Ear Training Three Note Direct Application Simultaneous

Five Volume of Downloads Available in MP3 format:

Ear Training Three Note Direct Application Simultaneous...Volume One

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MSK 210

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Ear Training Three Note Direct Application Simultaneous... Volume Two.

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MSK 211

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Ear Training Three Note Direct Application Simultaneous... Volume Three.

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Ear Training Three Note Direct Application Simultaneous... Volume Four

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Ear Training Three Note Direct Application Simultaneous... Volume Five.

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What people are saying:

I been working with the muse-eek.com ear training for five years. It's been quite a journey and education. When I think about what I knew when I started and what I know now it makes me chuckle. I really had not a clue on how to really hear music and know I can hear 3 notes played identify the key center and know what the three notes are. That's pretty amazing in my view. I wouldn't say this ear training is easy but I will say that without these well designed products and the support that Bruce gives students makes this whole process doable. In general I'd say if you aren't serious about learning ear training then stay away because every aspect of the way Mr. Arnold interacts with students to the way the books are put together expects that you are serious about music and you really want to be a world class musician. If that's your goal then look no further. W. Robinson

I've been working with the Ear Training Three Note Direct Application Arpeggiated MP3s over the last few months. Bruce recommended these to give me more work on applying my ear training skills. I think this is one of the most important aspects of the muse-eek.com ear training program is the understanding that if you don't apply your ability to real music you will never be able to use in real time as you play or listen to music. Personally I think keeping in touch with Mr. Arnold about your progress is important too. Every time I contacted him I learned something about how I could improve my practice regimen. In my opinion muse-eek.com music books are the best in the business for a serious musician. K. Hernández

I emailed Bruce because I was about 60% on the two note ear training and from that email he suggested I try a few Three Note Ear Training downloads to see if it would help my modulation skills. Bruce explained that many time three notes actually form a stronger key center than two notes. I worked with the three notes for a few months and then went back to the two note ear training examples that I had problems with and sure enough I could hear the modulation better. Thanks Bruce! G. Thompson

I've been using a few of the Three Note Ear Training studies Direct Application downloads to help my ability to recognize chords in a real music situation. Not only has this improved my ability but it has been a real education on how I actually hear simple chord progressions. I never would have guessed that the chord that happen previous is so important in how you hear the next chord. This is just amazing to me every time I do this exercise it just blows me away the amount I learn about how I "hear" music as to opposed to how I "think" about music. A. Pérez

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Listen To This

Muse Eek Publishing Presents: "Listen To This" Adventurous Electronic Excursions by Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold

Featuring:

Judi Silvano–Voice with Live Processing

Bruce Arnold–Guitar and SuperCollider

"The definitive breakdown of musical categorization was delivered in 1962 by Duke Ellington: “There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind.” File this album in the Good Music section."

–Steve Holtje, Manager, ESP-Disk

“This is some Beautiful Cosmic Music created by two of the most inventive musicians on the scene today.”

–Joe Lovano, 2016

"Brilliant. Love it; almost a Kraftwerk twist to it."

–Rob Taylor nmblive.com, 2017

Listen To This

The intuitive understanding between musicians is called “chemistry” and Listen To This, with Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold has chemistry in abundance. The duets on this recording, some improvised, some composed, show a duo who are intensely tuned into every nuance as they follow the sonic twists and turns of these 12 striking songs. This is some deep listening.

While Judi Silvano may be best known for her extensive jazz catalogue, her passions extend well beyond, to embrace classical and free improv music. Her background in modern dance also adds an underlying spatial physicality. It is this spatial element that is particularly present on Listen To This, and a likely reason that working with Bruce Arnold proved to be so rewarding.

Hailing from Sioux Falls South Dakota, Bruce Arnold has been exploring the potentials of his beloved electric guitar for years, using the program SuperCollider to summon up atmospheric soundscapes. His added fascination with 12 tone and pitch class theory as applied to improvisation lends his playing a distinctive harmonic and melodic voice. To find out more about what equipment was used on this recording please see bottom of page.

When the two artists decided to see where a duet situation would lead them, both were surprised at the ease with which they created engrossing, evocative music. “I couldn’t believe how comfortable Judi was with pedals and effects she had never used before.” says Arnold. “And what she did with them was so cool, it was great to improvise with; it felt very free to create along with her.” As for Silvano, she says “Bruce has exactly what I look for in a musician- he is literate, sensitive, and incredibly open in his approach.”

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The Tracks

Listen To This opens with “Remembrances” a bluesy rumination that is made sinister by the use of a half step combined with a major 3rd. A free improv that become a story of life's complexity.

The other tracks on "Listen to This" are:

  • Space Lullaby: The welcoming release of majestic arpeggiated guitar chords ring out like church bells to Judi’s soaring melodies.
  • My Neighborhood: Judi wrote this song as an homage to life’s beauties, but it acquired some ironically dark overtones with the addition of processing. Judi and Bruce do some impressive back and forth in the “break.”
  • Cats Are Watching: This track provides some whimsy —ever wondered what the brain patterns of a cat might sound like?
  • Complete Embrace: A hallucinatory art song incorporating poetic fragments into one of Judi’s compositions. There’s no vocal processing, allowing Judi’s rich voice to ring clear.
  • Sioux Falls: Bruce's ode to the running waters of the Sioux Falls.
  • Travel Chant: Judi sings a brief melody as she walks through a crystalline landscape.
  • In The Deep: an extremely ambient interlude with denizens of the watery abyss —complete with sonar.
  • Listen To This: the most abstract of the composed tracks, with various repeating motifs.
  • Great Plains: recalls the huge vistas of the west, and Judi waxes both lyrical and stratospheric.
  • Journey to be Free: From obscurity to clarity, literally.
  • Listen Again: A free improv interpretation of Judi’s composition “Listen To This” with an abundance of live sound processing.

Excerpts from "Listen to This":

  • Remembrances
  • Travel Chant
  • My Neighborhood
  • Cats Are Watching
  • Complete Embrace
  • Sioux Falls
  • In The Deep
  • Space Lullabye
  • Listen To This
  • Journey To Be Free
  • Listen Again

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Michal Shapiro created a video using one of the compositions on this CD entitled "My Neighborhood." This video was honored by the Photoworks Organization Of Glen Echo Park, Maryland, USA and included in one of their video shows. If you order the CD download of "Listen To This" a copy of this video will be included.

Award winning video of "My Neighborhood"

 

The Equipment Used on This Recording

This CD used extensive live audio processing of the voice and guitar. Below is a list of the equipment used:

Bruce Arnold's Equipment:

  • Music Man Silhouette Guitar
  • Mac Laptop running SuperCollider
  • Voodoo Lab Ground Control Midifootcontroller
  • Two Proel Expression Pedals
  • Vertex Volume Pedal
  • BB Preamp
  • Distillery by Tone Concepts
  • Lehle "Dual"
  • 1957 Fender Deluxe Amplifier
  • SonoSax SX-M1 and SX-M2 preamps
  • Great River MP-2MV Preamp

Judi Silvano's Equipment:

  • Mac Laptop running Fishman Triple Play Interface
  • Eventide Anthology X Plugins
  • Universal Audio Apollo Twin DUO Audio Interface
  • Gordius MidifootController
  • 2 Mission Engineering Expression Pedals
  • Great River MP-2MV Preamp
  • SoundDeluxe E47 Microphone

To find out more about Judi Silvano or Bruce Arnold please visit their websites.

A Few Dozen

A Few Dozen

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Featuring:

Bruce Arnold—Guitar and Processed Guitar

Ratzo B. Harris—Acoustic Bass

Tony Moreno—Drums and Percussion

On his latest CD, “A Few Dozen” (MSK112), guitarist and composer Bruce Arnold presents a tightly knit set of tracks based on twentieth century classical structures, that run from upbeat swing to lyrical ballads to rumba clave. In addition, the music is enriched by electronic sounds which create atmosphere and orchestral density. In on the fun and rounding out the trio are Ratzo B. Harris on acoustic bass and Tony Moreno on percussion and drums. Arnold writes, “The more I listened to the works of various masters, the more I felt that the elements they were working with could refresh and expand the possibilities of jazz.”

Bruce Arnold has been creating vital and thought provoking work since the release of his first solo CD,”Blue Eleven”, which Jazziz Magazine called “a frazzled blast of electro-bop.” More kudos followed, with CMJ hailing Arnold as “a remarkable guitarist with a powerful intellectual approach.” Bruce Arnold grew up playing rock and blues in his home town of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He earned his music degree at The Berklee School in Boston, where he became one of the most highly sought after guitarists in the jazz scene there. After moving to New York City, he created The Bruce Arnold Trio and rekindled his interest in twelve-tone composition. He currently also works with Release The Hounds, a free improv trio with Chris Dahlgren (The Jazz Mandolin Project) and Jay Rosen, and Spooky Actions, an ensemble devoted to standing the work of Webern and Schoenberg on its head. In a more mainstream vein, he is a member of Harvie Swartz’s remarkable Jazz-Latin band, Eye Contact, where his feel for Latin forms coupled with his avant-garde sensibilities helps the band to create a singular take on clave. Bruce is also currently performing with Roberta Piket’s Alternating Currents with Roberta Piket on piano, Jeff Herchfield Drums and David Ambrosio Bass.

The tracks:

  • A Few Dozen
  • Reflection
  • 7th Street
  • Numbers Prelude
  • Numbers
  • Broadway Y2K
  • Dialog

Reviews:

“A few dozen, for twelve tones, takes us on a musical exploration in the classical structure venturing us from ballads to rumbas. Bruce Arnold, who has written all of the compositions on this CD, is complemented by two superb musicians, Tony Moreno, drums and percussion and Ratzo B. Harris, acoustic bass. Together, they take us out a bit but do not lose us on their musical journey. All the compositions are extremely interesting and bear re-listening. I found this set to be far from academic as it does contain elements of charm, humor and it swings hard in places as well.

The CD opens with the title track, A Few Dozen. Played in a total twelve tone environment, it manages to swing well with some nice lines from Arnold and sparkling rhythms from Moreno.

Reflection is a dreamy ballad that has some nourishing lines that paint a lovely portrait. Ratzo plays an in depth bass solo in back of some lush compings by Arnold. Listen especially to the brush work in back of Arnold’s solo.

7th. Street demonstrates some swinging trio work in back of a twelve tone blanket encompassing the group. There are some rather intense moments that sparkle throughout the piece like the dialog between Moreno’s drums with R2DT.

Numbers prelude floats like a mobile in space and is dark, brooding and mysterious. There’s an eerie feeling in the music reminiscent to that of a Kubrick film.

Broadway Y2K is a mixed bag with some swinging Latino lines.

Dialog is completely a twelve tone contrapuntal extended piece. All three swing in a remarkable way. There is a complete feeling of freedom during the solos. Ratzo plays a remarkable bass solo that defies musical gravity as he explores, wanders and expounds upon the outer reaches of his instrument.

A few dozen is rich with new ideas for jazz. For most of us this is a welcome addition to the jazz vocabulary. These three, very talented players, have a lot to offer us and we look forward to future recordings. ”

—Kathy Troccolo and Sandi patti, together Monarch Records, playbjaz

“Bruce Arnold’s work, at its best, combines spontaneous flare and ingenuity with rigorous discipline and powerful intellect. His debut, Blue Eleven, was wildly inventive and rewarding in its approach to modern jazz composition. Arnold draws much of his inspiration from twelve-tone composers like Schoenberg as well as more die-hard serialists like Babbitt. The resulting head-on collision between freedom and restriction was what most impressed me about Blue Eleven, and A Few Dozen is the next logical step. It’s more assured, more at ease and yet in many ways more stringent in its intellectualism. Whereas Eleven offered a disparate range of styles, from strange eleven-bar blues forms to straight-ahead art songs, on Dozen Arnold seems to have settled into his sound, which is modern jazz structured with serialist techniques. There are many powerhouse tracks on this disc, but my favorite is the haunting opus “Numbers”. It is split into two parts, a prelude and a piece-proper. The prelude establishes a distinct, brooding mood. Its washy synth pads gain forward motion thanks to the momentum of a pulsing tabla rhythm. When the piece-proper begins, a subdued bassline mumbles dejectedly, underpinned by sporadic, spastic percussion hits. In short order a sparse, angular guitar phrase establishes itself as a sort of structural base from which Arnold engages in his flights of melodic fury. This piece works so well because Anold’s bandmates, bassist Ratzo B. Harris and drummer Tony Moreno, know how to stay out of his way and let him fly. They support, accentuate and provide context for Arnold’s driving, spontaneous forays. Tracks like this represent Bruce Arnold at his deeply communicative and rewarding best! I sincerely applaud him for his inventive and innovative approach to jazz composition.”
—Noah Wane, splendidezine.com

The dozens are everywhere: each song uses a 12-tone scale, which you don’t hear in jazz much. (Devised by Arnold Schoenberg, twelve-tone is a staple of modern classical music.) The themes wiggle in odd directions, a snaky guitar with an active bass. Bruce Arnold has a clear, edgy style (like Kenny Burrell in the ’70s); he steps nimbly through “A Few Dozen”, and unlikely blues. When the theme’s dispatched, Arnold goes racing, with muscular notes; Ratzo Harris plucks a storm, reaching as high as Bruce. The structure’s different but the tune is accessible, in an offbeat sort of way. Different but familiar – I like that, and there’s a good chance you will. There’s a moody waltz on “Reflection”, its theme vaguely like “Monk’s. It belongs to Harris, whose bass has force, whether walking or skipping. (You really hear that on “Dialog”, where he almost sounds saxlike!) “7th Street” jolts on odd chords, and wait for the end: Bruce stirs the theme ever faster, then adds dissonant bleeps – it’s a keeper. For dessert, try “Y2K”: the twelve tones are set to a rumba clave! it’s an avant-garde party; this one you can dance to. And, abstract as it can be, this isn’t just loft music. It may please your mind, but not without tickling your ears.
— by John Barrett, jazzusa.com

“There’s a gentility to the guitarist’s work even when it gets ready to rumble. That makes the new trio outing “A Few Dozen” both lyrical and jagged. Ratzo Harris’ bass and Tony Moreno’s percussion signal that empathy level is high, too.”
—Jim Macnie, The Village Voice

“It’s appropriate–given the new year, the new century, the new millennium, yada yada–that the January jazz releases include unusually pioneering efforts. Some come from established artists, some from relatively unknown new performers; all have compelling qualities.
The use of 12-note rows in jazz has popped up from time to time, rarely successfully, given the relatively non-harmonic nature of serial composition. Guitarist Bruce Arnold’s new album, “A Few Dozen” manages to maneuver its way through a difficult musical thicket to produce some intriguing results. It’s not clear to what extent Arnold has actually attempted to use the serial method of proceeding through a 12-note row (with its retrograde and inverted forms) as a fundamental element in the way he has structured the music. But, ultimately, what matters is the effectiveness of the results rather than the nature of the method. And Arnold’s music–as performed by his trio, with drummer Tony Moreno and bassist Ratzo B. Harris–never loses its contact with jazz, even when both the linear and clustered sounds emerge in unexpectedly acerbic fashion. At the very least, he deserves credit for his effort to expand the potential of the jazz palette.”
—Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times, National Edition

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String Theory

String Theory

Featuring:

Bruce Arnold—Guitar and SuperCollider

Ursel Schlicht—Piano and Prepared Piano

Free improvisation that stretches the limits

On "String Theory" pianist/composer and sometime musical feminist Ursel Schlicht and guitarist, composer and educator Bruce Arnold team up for an outing of free improvisation that stretch the limits of both their instruments.

First Meeting

The two met at a Jazz festival in Monterrey Mexico and immediately felt an affinity for improvising with each other. Ms. Schlicht is one of a handful of contemporary players who are successfully using extended techniques to expand the vocabulary of the piano and who finds her true voice in these free expressions. Arnold has a field day reacting with his processed guitar to all of the acoustically generated sounds that Schlicht throws at him. Indeed in this recording, the juxtaposition of acoustic versus electronically generated sounds is one of its strongest characteristics.

Background

Bruce Arnold is best known for his explorations into the possibilities of twelve tone applications to jazz improvisation. But here his use of guitar and SuperCollider, (an object oriented computer program that allows for unlimited sonic processing) takes center stage. Both artists go back and forth between straightforward playing, i.e. linear and tonal passages, and more avant sorties into texture and atmosphere. The two feed off each other with ideas and passages of remarkable coherence; it is a delight to witness interactions of this clarity.

The tracks :

  • Interference Pattern
  • SpaceTime
  • Event Horizon
  • Resonance Pettern
  • String Suite
  • Mvt 1.
  • Mvt 2.
  • Mvt 3.

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Time Transformation

Time Transformation

Forward looking approach to improvisation.

This book is meant for the student who wants to move past the commonly used melodic, rhythmic and phrasing patterns and explore a new type of improvisation based on contemporary ideas of pitch class set improvisation, odd phrasing, and time level superimposition.

This book explores multiple aspects of contemporary music through highly targeted etudes. On the surface level it contains:

  • Sight Reading etudes in all keys centers
  • Etudes in 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/4 and 7/4 time signatures

Each etude is a gateway to exploring:

  • Contemporary melodic concepts as expressed through hexatonic scales and trichord melodic construction.
  • Contemporary phrasing patterns crucial to new improvisation concepts.
  • Complex rhythmic ideas such as improvising on a different rhythmic levels.

Downloadable MP3 supply the key to advanced study with this book.

All etudes have corresponding MP3 files files which can be downloaded free of charge from the muse-eek.com website. These MP3s are the key to understanding the depth of these etudes.

The basic MP3s allow you to hear the tonal center as a background to facilitate an understanding of the melodic lines in a real musical situation.

Superimposed rhythmic levels are the key to a newer approach to improvisation.

The advanced MP3s present you with modal vamps that have a superimposed metronome clicks in another meter . This allows the student to play each etude in a superimposed rhythmic level.

An Example of this approach.

For instance you will hear a chord progression in 4/4 but a metronome click that is playing 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 clicks per measure. This prompts you to read each etude as a time superimposition over the original vamp progression. This kind of study leads to mastery of the complex rhythmic soloing ideas commonly used in contemporary improvisation.

 

           
  • Digital Edition IBSN: 978-1-59489-793-1
  • Physical Edition IBSN: 978-1-59489-931-7
  • 620 pages with downloadable MP3s for additional applications.

 

 

 

           
  • I recommend this to advanced musicians. I've studied this book in private lessons with Mr. Arnold and since most of you haven't had that privilege, let me give you a major tip. Try playing all exercises over a minor chord vamp. This is so you hear the melodic lines that go in and out of the key center as well as the advanced phrasing of each line. The extra MP3s can be used to play along with the exercise or to read it on another rhythmic level. For instance let's say you playing an MP3 to plays a groove in 4/4 but then you hear a click that is outlining every 3 eighth notes as the new quarter note. You would then read through the exercise using the new quarter and you are effectively playing on a new rhythmic level. It sounds completely cool and boosts your rhythmic skills. F. Morán
  • I initially got this book to read in 3/4, 5/4 and 7/5 because there is so little literature out there that covers these time signatures. The MP3s are great because you can play grooves as you read through the exercises. That makes it more interesting and gives you insights into these modern melodies. H. Djurhuus
  • There is so little instruction out there about modern intervallic melodies! I'm thrilled that I found Time Transformation. G. De Luca.
  • Don't get this book if you are not a fanatic, 'cause you'll spend many years working with it. I'm a fanatic though :-) I emailed Mr. Arnold some questions about how to approach the exercises (It says all over the website and in the books that you can do this, so what the hell, I did) and he actually took the time to give me a practice regimen that is giving my brain a good workout. G. Claessen.

 

 

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  • Each student has different goals and reasons for working with the Time Transformation for recommendations for further study please contact Mr. Arnold at the link at bottom of page.

 

 

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Blues Campus Video Course

Blues Campus Video Course

If you’ve always wanted to learn the blues
 but found it just too hard and complicated, 
it’s time to get Blues Campus. . .

Finally an innovative approach to teaching the Blues...

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Turn some heads with your playing...

At last, you’ll have all the information you need to be the one who plays dazzling solos or jams effortlessly with total strangers.

In Blues Campus you will discover. . .

  • How to learn to internalize the blues so you know it from the inside out, one step at a time.
  • Why there’s no need to be a copycat guitarist. You can learn how to play the blues in your own voice and your unique style.
  • How you can learn music theory almost without any extra effort at all. With Blues Campus, theory is not isolated from the video lessons. You will absorb the theory as you learn the patterns and structure of the blues./li>
  • How to play classic blues as well as more advanced forms of the blues. This includes techniques such as reharmonization, approach notes and advanced scales.
  • Three levels of training – beginner, intermediate and advanced – including 3 1/2 hours of video training, accompanying PDFs with chord charts and chord diagrams, plus 60 jam tracks.

Blues Campus Beginning Level

Beginning Level:

  • 70 minutes of video
  • 24 Jam Tracks
  • Chord Charts with Chord Diagrams
  • Learn all the necessary articulations like bending and hammer-ons, plus scales, chords, phrasing, comping patterns and chord progressions…
  • Contains crucial information on how to hear the blues, develop your aural comprehension and take your playing to another level…
  • Includes a host of licks with in-depth explanations of the embellishments and articulation that are crucial to understanding a blues guitarist's unique approach to melody…
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  • Chord progressions and 24 jam tracks help you apply this information in every key, while having fun jamming…

Here is an example of the videos found in Blues Campus Beginning

Bending Note Exercise

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Blues Campus Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level:

  • 63 minutes of video
  • 24 Jam Tracks
  • Chord Charts with Chord Diagrams and Turnaround list
  • More advanced licks, chord progressions, comping patterns…
  • Tons of new ideas on how get the most out of the blues scale…
  • Plus additional scales that can be applied to a blues progression…
  • Contains loads of turnarounds and comping ideas to spice up your soloing and chord playing…
  • Ear training information included to help you learn exactly the right approach to hearing blues progressions and scales…
  • 24 jam tracks to help you apply this information in every key while keeping the fun of jamming in the learning process…

 

Here is an example of the videos found in Blues Campus Intermediate

Blues Scale and Modal Sequencing

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Blues Campus Advanced Level

Advanced Level:

  • 78 minutes of video
  • 12 Jam Tracks
  • Chord Charts with Chord Diagrams
  • New concepts of soloing and reharmonization explained in depth…
  • Understanding of advanced melodic and harmonic techniques that can be integrated into the Blues to great effect…
  • Techniques such as sequencing, approach notes, chord tone playing and turnarounds are thoroughly discussed in clear, down to earth language…
  • Chord progression reharmonization concepts that will add fresh sounds to both your chord playing and your soloing…
  • Crucial advanced ear training concepts show you how to control key centers while soloing…
  • Much of the information presented here can also be applied to jazz situations…
  • …Once the concepts contained here are mastered, your playing will develop a unique sound, and have countless creative options…

Here is an example of the videos found in Blues Campus Advanced

Symmetrical Diminished Scale

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Complete Blues Comping both Major and Minor

Complete Blues Comping both Major and Minor.

Develop many important musicianship skills simultaneously with this course!

The purpose of this course is to have one exercise that improves multiple aspects of your musicianship at the same time.

  • Improve your ability to hear the entire chord progression in one key center.
  • Improve your ability to consistently play in time.
  • Developed a student's ability to have the right feel when playing in a triplet based style.
  • Improve the students harmonic palette so that they can hear more complicated types of key centers.
  • Develop a sense of form so that a student can feel a 12 bar chord progression rather than count through each measure
  • Develop your timing skills so that you don't speed up or slow down when playing chord progressions.
  • Develop soloing skills so that you know where you are within a 12 bar Major or Minor Blues.
  • Develop a student's ability to play in a duet situation.

How it works.

First thing to realize that this is a fun course. You are actually getting to play music while developing all the skills listed above. The MP3s play the chord progression one chorus then there is only a metronome clicking on 2 and 4 for one chorus. The student improvises or comps the changes during this chorus. The accompanying chords then come in and play the next chorus of changes. By working with these MP3 files you will develop a feel for both a Major and Minor 12 bar blues form.

  • For guitarist or pianists it is recommended that you improvise using a simple blues scale while listening to the chords. The next chorus you will only hear a metronome and it is during this time that you should play the chords.
  • If you play a non-chordal instrument then you should again improvise with a simple blues scale while listening to the chords and then arpeggiate each chord while thinking what the notes are in the overall key center for each note.

A great companion for Chord Workbook for Guitar Volume One

The Chord Progressions found in this download are the same as the Major and Minor Blues Progressions in Chord Workbook for Guitar Volume One and New York Guitar Method Volume One. This download contains 12 Major Blues Progressions and 12 Minor Blues Progressions in PDF format and 24 MP3s.

Proof is in the playing!

If you can play along with these files without making a mistake you are ready to play a duet with someone or play with a band. The skills developed with these MP3s is what it takes to bring you to a professional level when playing the blues.

Proof positive that you are ready to play with others.

Complete Blues Comping both Major and Minor Develops many skills simultaneously. A students ear training, time, feel, harmonic palette, sense of form and ability to play with others is all developed at the same time. This course uses a Major and Minor Blues chord progression to instill the skills. A Major and Minor Blues chord progression is of course found in almost any style of music. Therefore the MP3s will give you the experience and the confidence that you need to play with others while at the same time improving the aforementioned skill set.

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MY MUSIC: Application of 12 Tone Techniques to Jazz Composition and Improvisation

My Music: Exploration in the Application of 12 Tone Technique to Jazz Composition and Improvisation

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you an intermediate to advanced musician that has interest in learning how to apply 20 century classical music techniques to Jazz composition and improvisation?
  • Are you a composer, pianist or guitarist looking for a new way to build and implement chords?
  • Are you a contemporary musician looking for new ways to move past tertial built harmony but need help with organizing or applying these contemporary sounds?
  • Are you a jazz musician who loves the sound of McCoy Tyner and want to apply his harmonic and melodic concepts in a more advanced way?
  • Do you want to create improvisational forms and ideas that move beyond the typical chord chart paradigm?
  • Do you have interest in using trichord harmony to replace your usual tertially built chords?
  • Do you want to hear what combining the ideas of Schoenberg and Webern would sound like in a jazz group setting?
  • Do you want a highly organized method for applying pitch class basic ideas to improvisation and composition?

If the answer is YES then MY MUSIC: Explorations in the Application of 12 Tone Techniques to Jazz Composition and Improvisation will give you some intriguing ideas on how to organize and apply serial and 12 Tone concepts in an improvisational setting.

Bruce Arnold, the New York-based guitarist-composer, educator, and author, has achieved a strikingly original sound by applying jazz improvisational techniques to late 20th century 12-tone compositional methods. His live performances and recordings with The Bruce Arnold Trio consist of adventurous explorations of this unexpectedly combustible sonic combination. This book takes an in depth look at the techniques he uses to derive his signature sound.

In this book Bruce Arnold takes this highly complex subject, and in simple, clear language explains the methods used in his compositions. Through the use of trichords Bruce presents a method to either entirely replace the usually tertial based chords used in contemporary rock and jazz or to give interesting substitutes for common chord structures such as the 12 bar blues. In otherwords his system can function either as a replacement for the commonly used chords for in traditional jazz and rock improvisation or can be used to form new sounding compositions and improvisational forms relying on non-tertial trichord structures. Applications to both modal and chord by chord compositional structures are presented to give a student examples of how typical musical structures can be rearranged to create fresh new musical ideas.

Full scores of all compositions are included along with audio files. Digital Download edition has audio files in MP3s format. The Physical edition has a CD included with the book.

This book exams the following concepts:

  • The use of pitch class sets 013, 014, 015, 016, 027 in a contemporary improvisational setting.
  • Non Symmetrical Trichord Groupings.
  • 23rd Chords and 12 Tone Composition.
  • Hexatonic based Composition and Improvisation ideas.
  • The use of four trichords as a source for playing in and outside the key center
  • The creation of pseudo 12 tone improvisational fields.
  • The use of pedal tones and other common rock and jazz techniques to create 12 tone harmonic structures.
  • Application of the aforementioned ideas to solo guitar playing.
  • Symmetrical and non-symmetrical groupings of 4 trichord arrays.
  • Application of trichord structures to typical jazz forms such as the 12 bar blues and Giant Steps.
  • Integer Notation commonly used in post tonal theory is explained in detail.

Examples from live performance videos:

Below is a few videos showing you some of the ways pitch class improvisation has been applied in a jazz and rock setting. Please note that Mr. Arnold applies a strict code of only using the pitch class set of the composition in his improvisation. For instance if the composition is based on 027 then all improvisation is also based on this pitch class set.

Many other examples of pitch class composition and improvisation can be found by searching for Bruce Arnold on youtube.com or purchasing any of his over 30 audio CDs and DVDs.

Explore this interest world of new sounds with MY MUSIC: Explorations in the Application of 12 Tone Techniques to Jazz Composition and Improvisation. An intriguing new approach to improvisation and composition.

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What should I work on after My Music?

  • Best to contact Mr. Arnold at email address at bottom of page to discuss best material to work on after My Music.

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Lavadura

Lavadura

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Featuring:

Bruce Arnold—Music Man DoubleNeck Guitar and Asher Electro Hawaiian Lap Slide

Jerry DeVore—Bass

Kirk Driscoll—Drums

A Sandy Survivor: Muse-Eek Publishing Releases “Lavadura” (MSK 300) the CD that Nearly Got Drowned.

October 22, 2012: one of the maintenance men at New York City’s artist residence complex at Westbeth was laying down sandbags, preparing the studios that lined the city block sized building’s basement for what was reported to be a “super storm.” He heard a loud noise and looked down the long corridor leading to the exit and saw a 3 foot high wall of water approaching him. By the time it reached him, it was 5 feet high, and had swept him off his feet, and the lights had gone out. The water continued to rise, pressing all the exit doors shut, until he found one that had been left open. He managed to escape with his life.

Since then many stories have been written about the damage done to the studios in Westbeth. No one had been prepared for the ferocity of the surge, and countless works of art, instruments and equipment, left to soak in a combination of saltwater, sewage and heating oil for a week, were damaged beyond repair.

As Bruce Arnold slogged through the heap of toxic slime and filth that had once been his state of the art recording and rehearsal studio, he realized that not only had he lost material possessions, but the files of the CD he had been working on for over a year were history. A back injury had prevented him from bringing his backup drives home; along with many precious sessions, he had nothing left of “Lavadura”  (Dirty Water) a CD he had named without ever realizing its implications.

Or so he thought.  He had given a CDR of a rough mix of the final product to drummer Kirk Driscoll the week before the storm, and with the wizardry of mix-master Tom Hamilton, most of the CD was salvageable. But packaging and mastering costs money, and trying to get data out of drowned hard drives does as well.  Arnold created a Kickstarter campaign offering free music lessons and products from the Muse-eek catalogue in exchange for donations. Within days he had made one and a half times what he had asked for. “It was a financial boost for sure,” says Arnold “but more than anything it made me feel really good about people, at a time when I felt really low. The government aid people can make you feel awful, and I was pretty thin skinned, so I needed something to counterbalance that.”

“Lavadura” is a darkly exciting excursion into modern instrumental rock. The title track rips off with Arnold creating a frenetic electrical cascade against which the melody lurks on bass. Other standouts are the lyrical “Understanding” and the driving dissonances of “Hexo-Plex.”  Through it all, the beauty and versatility of the Music Man Double Neck guitar that he played for the session, shines through. (That instrument unfortunately did not survive). “It’s not exactly how I envisioned the CD,” says Bruce, “but I’m just so happy that it’s alive and out there.”

The tracks:

  • Lavadura
  • Crown
  • Stand it Up
  • 5 Points
  • Understanding
  • Area 25
  • Runway
  • Hexo Plex

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Eclectic Electric Guitar Trio

Eclectic Electric Guitar Trio DVD

“The Firelight Concert” DVD on Muse-Eek (MSK 301)

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Featuring:

Alex Skolnick, Jane Getter, Bruce Arnold

A Guitar Trifecta

It wasn’t always a trio. In fact, it started out with Bruce and Jane getting together and working on duets (which yielded the CD “Secret Code” MSK 146). They found that they had an affinity that kept them getting together and rehearsing and with the addition of a bass player, they started playing at the Bar Next Door, an intimate jazz hang in Manhattan’s West Village.

Ms. Getter had tenured with the Saturday Night Live band, but it was working with the Hammond B-3 player Jack McDuff that jump-started her journey off the straight-ahead jazz path. "I realized that a big part of what I love about playing music was connecting with people, through groove,” she says. And although Arnold’s journey had led him through some of the most intellectually circuitous musical terrain (he has pioneered the use of 12-tone and pitch class set theory as applied to improvisation), his roots still went back to blues and rock.

Here comes the twist: then Jane had the idea of a guitar trio, rather than 2 guitars and a bass. Her suggestion was to contact Alex Skolnick, to see if he would be interested. Skolnick may be best known as the guitarist from the Speed Metal band Testament, but he is also known as the guy who took a few years off to seriously study jazz. He now fronts his own jazz trio, and works on a diverse number of projects --all while still touring internationally with Testament. And he was definitely interested in playing with Bruce and Jane.

It might seem like an unlikely combination, but the only real surprise is how well it all worked. The musical teamwork was there. After one session at the Bar Next Door, Bruce decided to videotape the next gig. “The Firelight Concert” is the DVD of that gig. Low lights, tiny room and all. It was one of those great New York nights, where you can walk into a low profile place and catch the best players around, just doing an intimate fun night for a couple of friends. We think we caught that.

And we promise you won’t miss the bass.

The tracks:

  • “Once” (Arnold)
  • “Chennai It Blues” (Getter)
  • “Berkeley Rhythm” (Arnold)
  • “Secret Code” (Getter)
  • “Skol Blues” (Skolnick)
  • “Before Noon” (Getter)
  • “Dakota Gumbo” (Arnold)
  • “Heard Instinct” (Arnold)

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Guitar Arpeggio Lexicon

Guitar Arpeggio Lexicon

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Mastering arpeggios is finally organized and complete with the "Guitar Arpeggio Lexicon."

Learn your arpeggios in a logical way!

Learning four note tertial arpeggios on the guitar is quite complicated because of the multiple fingerings and string sets that can be used. "Guitar Arpeggio Lexicon" gives you the fingerings and positions for each arpeggio presented and provides a few technical exercises to help you learn them. Other books are listed if you need further practice on this subject. The “Guitar Arpeggio Lexicon” limits the arpeggio possibilities to 5 frets and shows you the most used combinations starting from the root, 3rd, 5th and 7th for 13 seventh chords.

How to Practice Arpeggios

Seven targeted practice suggestions are included which will give you a lifetime of exercises to learn and apply arpeggios.

Technical Studies to Apply Arpeggios

Four targeted technical studies are included for all 13 chord types. These studies concentrate on sequencing an arpeggio ascending and descending in various permutations. Audio files and midifiles of these studies are included with this book.

Guitar Arpeggio Lexicon

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This book was exactly what I needed to help me tackle arpeggios. With so many possible combinations this book organizational principles make it very easy for me to follow. W. George

I've been looking for a book like this for years. The practice suggestions are very good and the technical exercises are fantastic.R. Truman

Kudos Bruce for a great book on arpeggios. I'm sure it will keep me busy for quite some time E. Randall

One Minute Lesson Technique

The One Minute Lesson Series

These "One Minute Lessons" cover many of the topics I discuss with my private students. These conversations sometimes arise because a student asks me about a certain subject but more often it's because I hear a weakness in their playing or musical perception. The "One Minute Lesson" is not meant to be an exhaustive study; of any particular subject rather it is an insight into one subject that is sometimes small, sometimes big but always important. At the outset you should realize that some of these "One Minute Lessons" have much more content than others depending on the subject. This variance in the amount of material supplied in a "One Minute Lesson" is usually caused by the subject presented. Sometimes additional PDFs with specific exercises and MP3s and Midifiles will be supplied to help a student master a particular subject but other times it might just be a lesson where I'm nudging a student to keep something important in mind or refine their understanding of something they might know but not completely understand. In general I think these "One Minute Lessons" should be watched every few years as you work on your musical skills because different subjects will become important to your development at different times.

Again, just to clarify The "One Minute Lesson"will always contain a video that is approximately one minute in length. Each "One Minute Lesson" will also always contain a PDF. Sometimes additional PDFs, MP3s and Midifiles will also be given if there are exercises that relate to the subject at hand.

There will be "One Minute Lesson" videos on many subjects.

Each "One Minute Lesson" topic will be available as an individual download or as a bundle. The Bundle is the most economical way to purchase these "One Minute Lessons." You can choose a quick link below to read about each "One Minute Lesson."

Here is a breakdown of this "One Minute Lessons for Technique": Click on a title to go directly to the course.

One Minute Lesson: "Technique" Bundle

One Minute Lesson: "Technique" Bundle

The One Minute Lesson "Technique" Bundle contains nine one minute lessons that lay out all the common techniques that a professional musician uses to master their instrument. Each lesson gives you a PDF with various studies taken from forthcoming compendiums of technical exercises. These "One Minute Lessons" are a great way to get an overview of what techniques are involved to gain mastery of your instrument along with a concise way to organize both the exercises and recommendations and your practice sessions. The "One Minute Lesson Technique" videos discuss the general ideas behind playing correctly and other important subjects that many students don't realize are intrinsically connected to good technique. If you would like to learn about the specifics of each video or wish to only purchase a single download please click on the individual titles.

Achieving superior technique on your instrument requires many kinds of exercises, and it takes years to master the exercises presented in these videos and accompanying PDFs. Think of this series of the "One Minute Lesson" as a general guide to WHAT you need to work on to gain the kind of technical mastery you desire.

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One Minute Lesson: Technique #1: Pressing too Hard

This One Minute Lesson talks about some of the different issues that keep a player from reaching his or her full technical potential. One of the accompanying PDFs presents an exercise to help to develop a "lightness" in one's touch. This PDF also gives an overview of the organization of scales along with the suggested scales that a musician needs to know to function in modern music. Recommendations are also given on how to practice scales to maximize your practice time while simultaneously developing aural skills. Modal Sequencing is explained in depth. An additional 24 page PDF is included from the forthcoming book "Two Note Modal Sequencing" showing one possible exercise that a student could use to explore more melodic ideas. This PDF is also an excellent sight reading workout.

ISBN 978-1-59489-639-2

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One Minute Lesson: Technique #2: Ergonomic Movement

This lesson discusses the importance of the proper physical relationship to an instrument and how it can affect the ability to develop stellar technical skills. A three page PDF is also included which discusses common playing problems that inhibit these skills. There is also a demonstration of the power of three note modal sequencing which breaks a seven note scale down to its eighteen possible three note melodic patterns. Practice recommendations are given on how to apply these ideas as well as which scales should be included in practicing with these concepts. Another twelve page PDF is included which is an excerpt from the forthcoming "Three Note Sequencing" which shows some suggested practice patterns in all keys.

ISBN 978-1-59489-640-8

Video and 1 three page PDF as well as a 12 page PDF showing a technical exercise.

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One Minute Lesson: Technique #3: Long Line Rhythm

The video discusses "Long Line Rhythm" a concept which will greatly increase your speed as well as you ability to feel, and not count, time. A five page PDF gives a detailed explanation of "Long Line Rhythm" and how to apply it to various musical situations. Both the "MetroDrone" and the course "The Big Metronome" are discussed and recommendations given on how to incorporate these books/tools into "Long Line Rhythm" practice. Four note modal sequencing is discussed in-depth as well as a revolutionary way of reducing the possible four note melodic patterns of a seven note scale down to twenty melodic combinations. These twenty 4 note melodic patterns are then combined with another twenty page PDF that shows the 96 permutations of these twenty 4 note melodic patterns which gives you a highly organized way of seeing all four note melodic patterns for a seven note scale. Many of these ideas are excerpts from the forthcoming "Four Note Sequencing" course.

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One Minute Lesson: Technique #4: Big Muscles Move Small Muscles

The video explains how any instrumentalist should physically relate to their instrument. The accompanying three page PDF discusses problems encountered by not playing with the proper technique as well as suggestions on how play correctly and ideas to counteract many of the physical stresses a musician encounters. The four note diatonic chords of a key center and the importance of mastering this information is presented as well as suggested ways to practice this information. Four additional eighty two page PDFs are included which are excerpts from the "Four Note Diatonic Chords" course. These exercises show a student the four inversions of a chord and some suggested ways that these structures can be played through a scale. This is an excellent presentation of how a student can organize this important technique commonly used by great musicians to master an understanding of key centers and arpeggios.

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One Minute Lesson: Technique #5: How to Practice

This video discusses how to get the most out of your practice session by organizing your time effectively and in a way that will promote physical well being. A five page PDF is included which has an important discussion of the mental stresses that can accompany learning an instrument, as well as ways to deal with these problems. There is also a detailed discussion of "Approach Notes" and how this concept of playing can be organized as well as ways it is commonly used in music. Three 6 page PDFs are also included that show how to practice approach notes with scales. These exercises are an excellent way to quickly expand your musical palette.

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One Minute Lesson: Technique #6: Warm-Ups

This Video discusses the importance of using warm-up exercises before playing, with suggestions on useful exercises. The nine videos presented in this series really give you on overview of most of the common melodic patterns used in music and therefore are an excellent source for developing your own personal warm ups based on these ideas. A two page PDF is included which discusses all kinds of warm-ups and how to pick the best approach to your warm-up session. A discussion of using approach notes to chord tones is also presented as well as three additional two page BeBop duet études that demonstrate the use of approach notes into chord tones.

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One Minute Lesson: Technique #7: Hearing What You Are Playing

This video discusses the close connection between aural and rhythmic skills. There is a four page PDF which breaks down the various categories of learning necessary to develop good aural and rhythmic skills. A discussion of how to "hear" music as well as suggested courses of study are included. Rhythmic training is broken down into the basic components of reading rhythms, playing rhythms, recognizing and playing various meters, superimpositions, odd rhythmic groupings and a general rhythmic feel which is appropriate for the style you are playing. An explanation of “feeling” time and not “count” time is given as well as a suggested way to develop this skill set. The overview presented in this PDF is crucial to your understanding of these two aspects of great musicianship. A list of chord tones and available tensions for every chord is included as well as an explanation of "sweeps" and how this kind of structure can create a very interesting and modern sounding melody. An additional 22 page PDF provides examples of these "sweeps" which will definitely expand your sonic pallet.

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One Minute Lesson: Technique #8: Style

This Video discusses the importance of style when developing technical skills. The accompanying two page PDF continues this discussion pointing out why stylistic considerations are so important. This PDF explains how each style has its own characteristic melodies and rhythms and these will shape the types of technical exercises you practice. An additional PDF is included to explain the concept of "swing" a commonly misunderstood term that is found in many styles of Jazz and Blues. The ideas presented in the "One Minute Lessons on Technique" are not based inn any one style, so that you can apply the exercises to the style that makes sense, based on its intrinsic melodic and rhythmic content. This "One Minute Lesson" PDF also goes into detail about how these choices should be made and gives examples of common style considerations. It also gives a brief description of "Pitch Class Set Theory" and information on how to apply Hexatonic (6 note) based sweeps patterns to various chord types. Another 15 page PDF containing 720 hexatonic sweeps is also included for technical study as well as a one chorus solo applying these sweeps to the jazz standard "Giant Steps."

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One Minute Lesson: Technique #9: Articulation

This video discusses the importance of specific and appropriate articulation and embellishment of any musical phrase to make it sound like a given style. The included PDF gives ways to apply technical exercises to make them more musical. Ways to apply technical exercises in a musical way was also covered in two "One Minute Lessons on Phrasing." These PDFs have been included to help a student see some possible ways to help to make repeating patterns sound more interesting. There is also a discussion of the importance of playing various techniques in cycles. A 24 page excerpt from the "Hearing Chord Progressions" course which shows various ways to play a Major 7th chord cycle 5 is included.

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Vanishing Point

Guitarist Bruce Arnold's New Progressive Rock CD

Dense, non-stop excitement as Heavy Rock Shreds with Jazz and New Classical music. Playing at high volume recommended.

Featuring:

Bruce Arnold–Guitar

Jerry DeVore –Bass

Kirk Driscoll–Drums

New perspectives on ProgRock with Vanishing Point

If there was any question that Bruce Arnold has the chops and style to handle heavy duty Progressive Rock, this CD answers the question with a very very loud YES. “Vanishing Point” finds Bruce Arnold exploring the Heavy Rock style and reveling in it. Compositions range from in-your-face screamers to arena rock ballads with soaring guitar solos. But true to his art, each song contains the compositional elements that are his signature: a rigorous theoretical structure, surprising angular melodies and chord patterns, tricky rhythms and underneath all, an emotional core. Each track has an array of tasty guitar sounds generated through Fractal and ProTools for your listening pleasure. Solid bass and drum work from Kirk Driscoll and Jerry DeVore round out the sweeping sound, while tons of cool programmed sounds add to the fun. And in case those of you who follow Arnold’s work are wondering, all songs and solos on “Vanishing Point” ARE based on the pitch class set 025.

The Tracks

The opening title track “Vanishing Point” starts with a riff that seems to have a regular metric feel until the band crashes in, giving it a menacing thrust. As the track progresses, rhythmically shifting power chords keep the ensemble on its toes, as Arnold keeps the hurricane force solos happening.

The other tracks on Vanishing Point are:

  • “Seven Days” named for its 7/4 meter is a showcase for overdubbed guitar sounds, as Arnold alternates searing wawa solos with up to four guitar layers playing the melody. The track builds to a textural climax reminiscent of bagpipes.
  • “Big Bout Ya” a funky 7/4 rock reggae track. The title is a Jamaican expression of high regard and support. “I really enjoyed taking these two-note melody riffs that you hear in reggae and using a whammy bar on them” says Arnold. “It’s just a fun thing.”
  • “Aftermath” is a plain out nasty tune that alternates between 4/4 and 7/4 time giving it a ‘slow-fast” feel. It’s also a showcase for distorted guitar and a chance for Bruce to get off some speedy sweeps.
  • Next, the ballad “Once” re-establishes Bruce’s ability to compose beautiful, eloquent melodies. The two parts of the song are stated, bassist Jerry DeVore takes a solo while Bruce lays down a sensitive sonic bed. His solo then switches to Allman brothers territory with blues, slide licks galore and layered lines.
  • The melodic effects that hover over the drum track that open “Twice” are a tuned resonance derived by processing the drum sounds. Despite the delicate beginning, the track is another bone crusher this time in 5/4. Distorted guitar wawa solos shimmy in and out of slide guitar layerings and sonic artifacts.
  • In South Dakota where Bruce Arnold grew up, the teenagers had a dangerous game to break the boredom: jumping from one speeding van into another. The song “Crystal” was written for one teenager of his acquaintance who made the jump, but missed the van. The track evokes the wide spaces of the plains, with a wistful melody floating over it. Arnold takes the song to more dynamic territory with Jeff Beck-like solos, but returns to the stuff of memory to end.
  • Creating a denouement, Arnold closes the album with “Into the Wind” a song that seems to express a stoicism and perseverance in the face of adversity. It is also a study in multiple guitar parts, and a recap of the contrapuntal elements that run through the entire recording. Each guitar strand has its own life, but weaves into an elegant amalgam of sound.

Listen to excerpts:

Vanishing Point

  • Vanishing Point
  • Seven Days
  • Big Bout Ya
  • Aftermath
  • Once
  • Twice
  • Crystal
  • Into the Wind

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