The Essentials: Chord Charts, Scales, Lead Patterns for Guitar

The Essentials:

Chord Charts, Scales, Lead Patterns for Guitar.

If you answered YES, then The Essentials is your best first stop to get all the basic ingredients you need.

Get playing quickly

The Essentials will get you playing as quickly as possible, while still getting a firm grounding in good musicianship.

It will show you:

  • A clear and logical presentation of what you need to learn …
  • Only the information you need to get playing right away - without overloading you with too much background …
  • Which materials you don't need to study at this point …

Videos and audio will help you learn

Videos and audio are available on-line to demonstrate everything presented. The Essentials gives you a well organized system and quickly gets you going with these crucial ingredients:

Plus you’ll learn how to play notes so they sound great -- better known as Articulation … Chord Progressions to use … and you'll get MP3s to practice them along with.

Most beginning guitar books cover a little basic material but leave you with nowhere to go if you have any questions. So if you discover you have a problem with technique, fingerings, strumming, or rhythm – you have to begin your search again for maybe another book that “might” help.

Not so with The Essentials …

Within “The Essentials” you will find links to other books about every subject covered. The Essentials also gives you immediate access to our online Member's Area where many PDFs are available free of charge to help you dig deeper into any subject.

There is a world of knowledge to absorb when you are first learning the guitar, but The Essentials gives you just the right combination of common sense and good information to get you through the first crucial steps.

Plus strumming patterns to get you applying your newly learned chords, and specific information on strumming technique

The Essentials includes:

  • Loads of easy to understand diagrams of chords, scales and lead patterns …
  • Internet links to get additional information on subjects such as music theory, tuning notes, additional chord progressions, and string changing guides …
  • Free access to countless files in our member's area that will help you develop your guitar playing by providing the best information--and the least amount of confusion …

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Harmonic Analysis

Harmonic Analysis

Harmonic Analysis is one of the core courses of the Bruce Arnold method..

Have you ever listened to a song you loved and wondered how the writer knew all those chords that sounded so great? Have you ever tried to compose a song, but found yourself running through the same familiar, simple chords all the time?  Or do you dream of playing great solos over complex progressions?  --Or being in demand as a bassist, guitarist or pianist?

If these sound like familiar desires to you, here is the course that will take you to your dreams. I've been wanting to take on this crucial chunk of music for a long time, and I've finally put it into a course that I think will really change your musicianship.

Understanding the concepts presented enables you to analyze any chord progression, giving you tremendous power to write and improvise music. This Harmonic Analysis book will help you to:

  • Understand how a chord progression is built.
  • Re-harmonize a chord progression.
  • De-harmonize a chord progression.
  • Create new bass lines through reharmonization.
  • Understand how you can use harmony as a soloist.
  • Understand how you can use harmony as an accompanist.
  • Immediately recognize chord relationships, thus facilitating the memorization of chord progressions.
  • Understand how multiple chords may have the same function. This allows the grouping of chords into one function, facilitating easier soloing over complex chord changes and the ability to change chord progressions to give greater variety.

Learning and mastering the aforementioned techniques will totally change your understanding of music and allow you to be more creative.

The Harmonic Analysis course gives you a PDF and 48 videos to help learn and apply the harmonic knowledge needed to understand the structure of western music. You will get

  • 12 Videos discussing each important aspect of harmonic analysis.
  • A PDF which also discusses each important aspect of harmonic analysis to make sure you understand each concept
  • Worksheets for 12 keys of a Blues, Minor Blues and "Rhythm Changes."
  • 12 Videos showing one for each key of the Blues discussing in detail the proper harmonic analysis.
  • 12 Videos showing one for each key of the Minor Blues discussing in detail the proper harmonic analysis.
  • 12 Videos showing one for each key of the "Rhythm Changes" discussing in detail the proper harmonic analysis.

A course of study that starts from a beginners level and takes a student to understand the most complex chord progressions.

Many subjects about harmonic analysis which are hard or impossible to find are discussed including:

  • Harmonic Reharmonization
  • Tritone Substitution
  • Strength of Each Dominant Resolution
  • Adding a ii Minor Chord to a V7
  • Dominant 7th Resolution Tendency
  • Adding Tensions to chords
  • Diatonic Chords
  • Substitutions Based on Harmonic Area
  • Substitutions Based on Passing Diminished
  • Substitutions Based on Chord Tones and Tensions
  • The connection between Good Harmony and Good Melody
  • Harmony as a Language
  • Delayed Resolution

Learning and mastering the aforementioned techniques will totally change your understanding of music and allow you to be more creative.

 

           

  • Digital Edition IBSN: 978-1-59489-616-3
  • 72 Page PDF
  • 48 HD Videos explaining concepts and answers for each exercise.

 

 

 

           

  • I read the prerelease of this book and it's the clearest explanation of western harmony I've seen to date. The combination of the extensive PDF and the videos are a winning combination F. Johns
  • Leave it Bruce to hit it out of the park with the Harmonic Analysis course. Written so a beginner can understand it yet an advance player can learn a logical way to think about Harmony. H. Hanson
  • This is an absolutely huge course. 4 gigs worth of harmonic information. I'll be at this one for awhile G. Kelly.
  • I've been working on these chord progressions with Bruce in Skype lessons. I very glad now to have the videos and PDF so that I can really spend the time analyzing my mistakes and see other relationships that Bruce points out in the videos. G. Tomaz.

 

 

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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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Tools for Modern Improvisation

Tools for Modern Improvisation

Tools for modern improvisation is a collection of methods I've used over the last 25 years. In this course have included an explanation of the techniques, scores from compositions, technical exercises that I've used to gain facility and practical recommendations on how best to approach these techniques. I've employed these techniques in a wide variety of styles and have included 20 different recordings to demonstrate various systems.

I think it's best to demonstrate the techniques found in this book via audio examples so that you can get an idea on whether the sound your hearing is intriguing enough to want to learn more.

23rd Chords

23rd Chords the technique I learned from Charlie Banacos which employs three 7th chords to form a 12 tone aggregate. Below is an excerpt from a composition I wrote with this technique.

Blue Eleven

The score for this composition is included with this course as well as the Twelve 23rd chord combinations.There is also PDFs containing exercises to develop 23rd chord facility. twelve 864 page PDFs for a total of 10,368 pages of exercises. Another 29 page document is also included that shows you other possible three tetrad combinations.

027 pitch class set

Pitch class set improvisation is discussed in depth along with examples of composition

12 Tone Boogie

The score for this composition is included with this course as well as a recommended exercise to help you develop facility. Fingering is included for guitarists.

013 pitch class set

A very in depth section of the book covers the use of the 013 pitch class set in a rock, blues, jazz, classical idioms. Below is two excerpts:

Blues for Arnie

Dakota Gumbo

Scores for these composition and others are included with this course as well as a 24 page recommended exercise to help you develop facility.

014 pitch class set

A very in depth section of the book on covering the use of the 013 pitch class set in a rock, blues, jazz, classical idioms. Below are three excerpts:

Numbers Jazz Version

Numbers Dance Version

Schoenberg's 5 Pieces for Piano 2nd Movement Improvisation with 014's

Scores for both versions of "Numbers" are included with this course as well as a 10 page exercise to help you develop facility.

015 pitch class set

015 pitch class and its application to various styles and Intervallic applications. Below is one excerpt:

Variation One

Score for this composition is included as well as a one 23 page exercises in PDF format and a 42 page étude.

016 pitch class set

Applications of 016 is discussed as well as a nine page étude is included.

Combined pitch class set are discussed.

A very in depth look at 027-016 pitch class set.

A Few Dozen

Transcribed guitar solo is included included plus a 171 page and 10 page PDF exercise.

Combined pitch class set are discussed.

A very in depth look at 027-026 pitch class set.

Blue Lotus

A 5 page exercise in PDF format is included.

025 pitch class set

A very in depth look at 025 pitch class set and its application to the Rock, Metal, Jazz and Blues idioms. Below are three examples:

Vanishing Point

Stand It Up

Asher

A 10 page exercise in PDF format and an étude applying 025 to the jazz standard "Giant Steps" is included.

026 pitch class set

A discussion of the application of 026.

Messiaen's Quartet for the end of time 2nd movement improvisation

An 11 page exercise in PDF format is included.

Other highlights:

  • Charts showing how to apply the pitch class sets 013, 014, 015, 016, 025, 026 and 027 to chords in all keys.
  • Solo guitar arrangements for "Stella by Starlight" and the "Child is Born."
  • Pitch class set application to major pentatonic and blues playing.
  • In depth explanation of pitch class set improvisation.
  • Intervallic applications to pitch class sets.
  • Altered dominant applications to pitch class sets.
  • Symmetrical Diminished scale applications to pitch class sets.
  • Recommendations for further study.

Discover new ideas for compositions and improvisation with this great course!

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What should I work on after Tools for Modern Improvisation

  • 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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Improvising over Classical Music Masterpieces

Improvising over Classical Music Masterpieces

This book explores Improvising over Classical Music. The examples in the book were recorded by Spooky Actions, a New York based ensemble created by John Gunther and Bruce Arnold. Spooky Actions has produced a diverse set of recordings include the music of 20th century composers Anton Webern, Arnold Schoenberg and Olivier Messiaen; interpretations of Native American music Volume One and Volume Two, and well as a recording of Early Music from the 2nd century BC through the 1500’s. Their unique and compelling sound is being met with critical acclaim and widespread interest.

Improvising on Classical Music Masterpieces

by Bruce Arnold

Contents of the Improvising over Classical Music Book

This book contains not only analysis of how the group "Spooky Actions" improvised over various Classical music masterpieces but a large body of ideas that a musician can use to Improvising over Classical music from various periods. There is a primer section in the book that covers:

  • The most used scales in improvisation. (22 in total)
  • The improvisational concepts of guide tones
  • The improvisational concepts of playing over harmony.
  • The improvisational concepts of using chord tones.
  • The improvisational concepts of using approach notes.
  • The improvisational concepts of using pitch class sets.
  • Fingering for guitarists for the twenty two scales.

All of this information is actually useful no matter what type of music you are improvising over!

Full Tracks Included from Many "Spooky Actions" CDs.

MP3s are included in the download as is a webpage where you can listen and see full scores of the music. There is a wide range of Classical Compositions included in this book which gives you a good background on how to approach different periods of classical music. Below you will find a list of the music analyzed and a link to the CD in which it can be found. You can also use this link if you want to listen to an excerpt before buying this book or want to hear a music excerpt from that composer or period.

"Early Music"

Classical Masterpieces, Improvising Classical Music, Improvising over Classical Music, Early Music: Spooky Actions by Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing Company

The following compositions were analyzed from the "Spooky Actions" CD "Early Music."

  • "Skolion-of-Seikilos" Earliest known piece of music that was written.
  • "Ode from the Kanon for Easter Sunday"
  • The 1st Canzonet, “Qual si può dir maggiore“ by Claudio Monteverdi

“Quartet for the End of Time” by Olivier Messiaen

Classical Masterpieces,Improvising Classical Music, Improvising over Classical Music, Bruce Arnold and John Gunther's Group "Spooky Actions" CD "Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time."

The following compositions were analyzed from the "Spooky Actions" CD "Quartet for the End of Time" by Olivier Messiaen

  • “Quartet for the End of Time” 1st Movement
  • “Quartet for the End of Time” 6th Movement
  • “Quartet for the End of Time” 8th Movement

"Five Piano Pieces," Opus 23 2nd Movement by Arnold Schoenberg

Classical Masterpieces, Improvising Classical Music, Improvising over Classical Music, Bruce Arnold and John Gunther's Group "Spooky Actions" CD "Schoenberg, Five Piano Pieces op. 23"

Five Piano Pieces, Opus 23 2nd Movement by Arnold Schoenberg from Spooky Actions "Five Piano Pieces" recording..

The following compositions were analyzed from the "Spooky Actions" CD Five Piano Pieces, Opus 23 2nd Movement by Arnold Schoenberg

  • "Five Piano Pieces," Opus 23 2nd Movement by Arnold Schoenberg

The Fünf Canons, Opus 16 1st Movement by Anton Webern

Classical Masterpieces, Improvising Classical Music,Improvising over Classical Music, by Bruce Arnold and John Gunther's Group "Spooky Actions" CD "The Music of Webern.

Fünf Canons, Opus 16 1st Movement by Anton Webern

The Fünf Canons, Opus 16 1st Movement by Anton Webern from Spooky Actions "Music of Webern" recording

The following composition we was analyzed:

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Guitar Clinic

Guitar Clinic

Get the inside scoop on the techniques and ideas Mr. Arnold discusses in his clinics throughout the world

This book is a power house of ideas about how to practice, what to practice and the tools that will take you to the next level

Have you been asking yourself:

  • How can I better organize my practice sessions?
  • What are the important things to learn if I want to play like a professional guitarist?
  • What are the secrets that professional players use to gain such a high degree of skill?
  • How can I learn music theory on the guitar when it seems impossible?
  • How can I organize scales so they make sense on the guitar?
  • How can I play chromatic and jazzy melodic lines in my soloing?
  • How can I change chord progressions so they sound aren't so boring?
  • How can I get a modern sound into my playing?
  • What is a good way to play scales on the guitar?
  • How do contemporary musician organize their melodic and harmonic thinking to get such interesting sounds?

The secret techniques and exercises to take you to the next level.

Guitar Clinic provides you with techniques and exercises Mr. Arnold uses in the many clinics and workshops he has given over the years, and was written as a response to the many questions students have asked him. Essential information and instruction is given in clear, easy to understand language, addressing the needs of both beginning and advanced students.

I know Mr. Arnold's books are considered cutting edge but which ones are right for me?

Much of the material in Guitar Clinic is culled from Bruce's educational series, over 100 books in all. The student wishing to expand on his or her studies will find suggestions within the text as to which of his books will best serve their specific needs.

A great introduction to Mr. Arnold's teaching methods

Guitar Clinic is a great introduction to Mr. Arnold's teaching methods.

Get on board and energize your practice and playing sessions with a well organized system.

Guitar Clinic has more information than you will find in most books even though it's primariy excerpts from other Bruce Arnold books. This gives you a clue to the deep amount of information contained in all of his other books. Guitar Clinic really lays it out for you so that you have an overview of some of the major books Mr. Arnold has written for guitar.

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listen to this

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

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Music of Webern

Music of Webern

Featuring:

Bruce Arnold—Processed Guitar

John Gunther—Woodwinds

Peter Herbert—Bass

Tony Moreno—Drums

A new take on Webern's Music

When Anton Webern was composing his Five Canons on Latin Texts, he probably wasn't thinking very much about American improvised music. Yet formal harmonic structure is the original essential European contribution to the character of jazz. And while much of the mainstream of jazz repertoire is still mired in the harmonic concepts of Tin Pan Alley, Spooky Actions, a New York based jazz quartet, have found inspiration in the discipline and muted palette of twelve tone music.

Improv that reflects the composer's compositional toolkit.

In their debut CD "Spooky Actions, Music of Anton Webern" the quartet plays through note for note transcriptions of the Five Canons op. 16, as well as the Five Movements for String Quartet, op 5. They then improvise over the pieces. Rather than taking extended solos, the ensemble uses a sensitive and informed interaction to create original music based closely on the spirit and form of the written work.

New orchestration brings new life!

It is astonishing to discover how suited the sonorities of the jazz quartet of drums, saxophone (and flute), electric guitar and bass are for 12-tone music. Indeed, the ears of listeners accustomed to these sounds will find that they are a kind of Rosetta stone; the pristine, compressed structures of Webern's music take on new clarity and attractiveness, making for extremely accessible listening.

The origins of "Spooky Actions"

The band's name comes from the phrase "spooky actions at a distance." This was how Albert Einstein described the phenomenon of two seemingly unconnected, disparate objects that nonetheless exert a powerful influence on one another. Spooky Actions, the band, certainly personifies this concept, showing how vivid improvisations can be derived from music that is often thought of as "etched in stone."

The tracks :

  • 1st Movement
  • 1st Movement Improv
  • 2nd Movement
  • 2nd Movement Improv
  • 3rd Movement
  • 3rd Movement Improv
  • 4th Movement
  • 4th Movement Improv
  • 5th Movement
  • Canon 1
  • Canon 1 Improv
  • Canon 2
  • Canon 2 Improv
  • Canon 3
  • Canon 3 Improv
  • Canon 4
  • Canon 4 Improv
  • Canon 5
  • Canon 5 Improv

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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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Set Theory for Improvisation Ensemble Method: Hexatonic 027 016

Set Theory for Improvisation Ensemble Method: Hexatonic 027 016

Want to develop a new way to improvise?.

Through written examples the "Set Theory Ensemble Book" series teaches you how to develop hexatonic melodies uses non-tertial melodic lines that go in and out of the key center. This is the backbone to creating modern sounding melodic lines. Each etude helps you hear various possibilities. This book is very good for finding good melodies to play over Dominant 7th, Minor 7b5 and Minor 6th chords.

12 études using an 027 016 pitch class set.

The "Set Theory Ensemble Book" series examines many aspects of creating melodic lines and chordal accompaniments using various music theory constructs. Each book concentrates on one concept and explores various combinations of note groupings, rhythms, metric level, melodic range and density. There are 12 études, one in each key, which can be played over a variety of chords. These études range from highly diatonic to non-diatonic examples, depending on the organization of the material. The more diatonic examples occur at the beginning of each book. The chord that you choose to play with each example will determine the relative dissonance.

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Set Theory for Improvisation Ensemble Method: Hexatonic 027 027

Set Theory for Improvisation Ensemble Method: Hexatonic 027 027

Want to develop a new way to improvise?.

Through written examples the "Set Theory Ensemble Book" series teaches you how to develop hexatonic melodies uses non-tertial melodic lines that go in and out of the key center. This is the backbone to creating modern sounding melodic lines. Each etude helps you hear various possibilities. This book is very good for finding good melodies to play over Major 7, Minor 7 and Dominant 7th sus4 chords.

12 études using an 027 027 pitch class set.

The "Set Theory Ensemble Book" series examines many aspects of creating melodic lines and chordal accompaniments using various music theory constructs. Each book concentrates on one concept and explores various combinations of note groupings, rhythms, metric level, melodic range and density. There are 12 études, one in each key, which can be played over a variety of chords. These études range from highly diatonic to non-diatonic examples, depending on the organization of the material. The more diatonic examples occur at the beginning of each book. The chord that you choose to play with each example will determine the relative dissonance. It should be mentioned that Time Transformation contains all the information found in this book.

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New York Guitar Method Ensemble Volume One

New York Guitar Method Ensemble Book One

New York Guitar Method Ensemble Book One is the companion book for the New York Guitar Method Volume One.

Each of the 24 chapters takes you through a series of exercises to improve all these crucial aspects of your guitar playing, and also tests you with classical études from Corelli, Bach, Beethoven and Haydn. These time tested exercises are highly targeted and with a short 1/2 hour commitment each day you can truly transform your guitar playing. As Joe Satriani says "If you are going to study, study with a jazz player." This book is the next best thing and will improve your:

  • Rhythm.
  • Time.
  • Recognition of musical form.
  • Fretboard knowledge.
  • Understanding of the application of 22 different scales .
  • Ability to master hard chord progressions.
  • Improvisation with 22 different scales.
  • Scale application to common chord progressions.

Midifiles and other audio files available to help you learn.

Improve your accuracy and have a lot more fun practicing when you can hear the exercises played with tempo controllable midifiles or MP3s in some cases.

And other additional information to help you learn.

This includes:

  • Extensive section on understanding rhythm notation.
  • Straight Eighth vs. Swing Eighth Note Feel.
  • Rhythmic Notation which is crucial to reading any chart.
  • Beat Reading: the Secret Weapon for learning how to read ahead in music.

Don't miss out on this information which in many cases can't be found anywhere but in this book.

Want to be a monster musician? New York Guitar Method Ensemble Book One will help you get there.

Bringing many Muse Eek Books together to raise your musicianship

The New York Guitar Method Series contains carefully selected excerpts from other Muse Eek Publications. In the case of New York Guitar Method Ensemble Book One additional content has been taken from:

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

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

Whether you are a total beginner or an advanced guitarist there is a book in The New York Guitar Method Series. that is perfect for you. GET STARTED TODAY!

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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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Symmetrical Trichord Pairs

Symmetrical Trichord Pairs

Symmetrical Trichord Pairs

ISBN: 978-1-59489-432-9

847 Page PDF

"Symmetrical Trichord Pairs" explores the formation of 2 three-note (trichord) groups with the exact same structure. Eleven different structures are explored and general recommendations are made on how to use each one. Since the use of these structures will be in an improvisational setting, their relationship to various chord types will be of paramount importance. This book only looks at symmetrical structures. There are, of course, many other possible combinations when you consider non-symmetrical trichord structures. Each symmetrical trichord pair is sequenced up one octave to help the student see a melodic application.. This sequence also aids in the mastering of these structures and is presented in all keys. Rather then start on page 1 with the 012 symmetrical trichord pairs, which while being a cool sound, are only possible on two chord types it is recommended that you choose a structure that can be used on multiple chord types and has many possible combinations. This will allow you to get more use out of each structure as you learn. In general I would approach this book as a reference guide for finding interesting symmetrical structures from the 574 possible combinations. I would then apply them to various chord types.

How to Use This Book

There are many possible ways to interact with this book. Since there are 574 total symmetrical trichord pairs, an improviser needs some guidance on how to approach and organize all these combinations. Symmetrical trichord pairs are only possible within a limited number of chord structures. This course does not take into consideration "modal situations" where avoid notes could be used. It only concentrates on trichord pairs that contain a combination of chord tones and available tensions. This allows you to stop on any note and not worry about resolving avoid notes.

Who Uses This Stuff?

Jazz musicians have traditionally used the "0, 2, 7" structure because of the number of 4ths contained it. Musicians such as Thelonious Monk frequently used the "0, 1, 4" or "0, 1, 6" structure. John Coltrane made use of "0, 1, 3" in many of his late recordings, and McCoy Tyner used "0, 3, 7" symmetrical structures a lot in his improvisations. I've recorded many heavy metal oriented CDs using ""0, 2, 7" and "0, 2, 5." I've even done some more rock oriented compositions with "0, 1, 3" - but this is stretching the limits a bit. The bottom line, is all symmetrical trichord pairs sound great; it just depends on your personal preference and the idiom in which you apply them.

How to Use Symmetrical Trichord Pairs

There are a number of ways to judge the usefulness of a symmetrical trichord pair. Below is a list of some possible considerations::

  • Look at the overall number of symmetrical pairs for any trichord. The more combinations the more diversity you can derive from that structure.
  • When a trichord chord pair functions on multiple chord types it makes it more useful in a chord progression that contains many different chord types.
  • Certain types of songs such as a Blues mostly use dominant chords so structures that have many possibilities on that chord type will be a good choice.
  • Selection of a trichord pair can also be made based on the preponderance of a certain interval or group of intervals used in a particular piece of music and match that up with an appropriate pitch class set.

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What people are saying:

  • The melodies found in the reference book are awesome! Thanks for calculating all of these possibilities it is really giving my improvisation a new sound G. Newman
  • Hey Bruce just wanted to give you a shout out about this new course. Really hip idea! I'll be working out of this book for a long time. W. Edwards
  • This concept of two different triads put together to form a melodic sequence is really cool. I've been transcribinh a lot of McCoy Tyner lately and this is definitely part of his sound and will be part of mine soon.A. Oliver
  • Really dug this video! Really helps me to understand how I would musically use this information. This is definitely a book that I'll be keeping on my Ipad and shedding for a long time. Love the whole concept. Basically it's pitch class theory but written in a way that a jazz musician can understand and apply F. Hawthorne

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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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Jam Tracks Volume Two

Jam Tracks Volume Two

Jam Tracks Volume Two

A crucial ingredient in creating a real musical environment for learning music.

Bring scales, arpeggios and other musical techniques that you are learning to life! Apply them in any key, in popular musical styles – and engrain your musical knowledge in a practical and permanent way…

This is what Jam Tracks Volume Two can do for you …

Jam Tracks are a great tool for your musical improvement, and using a variety of Jam Tracks will add more depth to your playing. Musical concepts, theory and techniques – such as scales, arpeggios, approach notes, pitch class sets – these are all like rough, unpolished gems until you apply them.

Playing along with a jam track is the fun side of learning music while also developing your ability to apply your ideas to real music. In other words, Jam Tracks are the bridge between the printed page and the real world of music. 



That's why Jam Tracks Volume Two are a must own for anyone studying music …

With “Jam Tracks Volume Two”, you get 10 progressions in all keys … these Jam Tracks lean heavily on the rock and funk side of things. There are many unique things about these jam tracks that you don't usually find in other jam tracks.

  • Each track has been built in a way that allows you to put different kinds of scales over each track. This makes each track more useful because you can use it more than one way. There is a Scale Choice Playlist Guide PDF included to help you see the possibilities of each track …

  • 4/4 and 5/4 Jam Tracks are included to help you master odd time signature playing …

  • Each 5 minute jam track develops over time --it's not just a boring loop-- so you really feel like you're playing with a band …

10 Chord Progressions... All Keys... 120 tracks in total!

With Jam Tracks Volume Two you get 10 progressions in all keys … these Jam Tracks lean heavily on the rock and funk side of things. There are many unique things about these jam tracks that you don't usually find in other jam tracks.

And finally, all tracks are made from the pitch class set 025 so if you are into advanced improvisation these tracks give you a great palette for this particular sound.

Here are some excerpts from the 10 tracks:

Track One

Track Two

Track Three

Track Four

Track Five

Track Six

Track Seven

Track Eight

Track Nine

Track Ten

Develop your musical ideas and apply your knowledge!

No matter what you are working on, you can use these Jam Tracks to apply your knowledge in any key through some of the most popular styles of music. So whether you are focusing on Scales, Arpeggios, Approach Notes or anything else, working with these Jam Tracks will get all these concepts engrained in a practical and permanent way.

Wondering how to use the tracks? We're sure you'll think of countless ways, but here are just a few possibilities:

  • The Jam Tracks are a natural combination with the scale study books in our catalog. New York Guitar Method Volume One for Guitarist and Essential Scales for any instrumentalist would be excellent choices. Since these books work with applying the scales in all keys and give you both modal sequences and chord voicings, combining that information with playing against the tracks will really solidify your musicianship in these areas.
  • Jam Tracks are an essential tool when learning about Approach Notes as found in New York Guitar Method Volume Two. There is an extreme learning curve when applying Approach Note figures to specific beats within a measure. The Jam Tracks are uniquely suited to getting you through this hurdle.
  • Working with the Rhythm Series and the Jam Tracks can be a good way to understand the relationship of a printed rhythm to the real music situation presented in a Jam Track. Since the rhythm series covers 4 rhythm levels within all the books available this is an excellent chance to develop an understanding of various rhythms within each Jam Track's musical environment. Rhythm Primer and Rhythms Volume One would be the logical starting place.

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