Modal Pitch Class Set Voicings by Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing Company

Modal Pitch Class Set Chord Voicings

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Pitch Class Set Chord Voicings Series

There are a set of four books in this series which step you through learning to replace traditional harmony chords with pitch class set chords. This gives your playing a very modern sound and can be used in any idiom. No complicated pitch class theory is involved in this series it is straight out application to common chordal situations that all musicians encounter. For guitarists no reading skills are required because all chord voicings are given in chord diagrams. Grand staff versions of chord sequences are included for pianist as is the actual voicings for each chord for guitarist who read music. Various videos are included in some of the four books to help you see and hear the application of these pitch class set chord voicings to various musical situations in a number of styles.

The pitch class set chord voicings series includes the following books and videos:

Pitch-Class-Set-Voicings-BUNDLE by Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing Company Modal Chromatic Pitch Class Set Chord Voicings Modal Pitch Class Set Chord Voicings

Special Price on All Four Books in this Series!

The BUNDLE gets you all four books in this series. If you want a way to get into pitch class set chord voicings without a lot of theory this is the course for you. Each of the four book steps you through a proven method for learning and applying these chords. Videos, MP3s and midifiles help you learn to apply these chords. Guitar fretboard diagrams as well as grand staff charts for pianists are included. These chord voicings can be used in any style and suggested listening examples are included to help you hear the application of these sounds to rock, metal, jazz, classical, country and blues idioms.

The BUNDLE includes the following books and videos

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Modal Pitch Class Set Chord Voicings

“Modal Application of Pitch Class Sets” is a collection of three note chord voicings using the pitch class sets 013, 015, 016, 025, 026 and 027. This course shows you how you can combine various pitch class sets to make great sounding combinations that work well over modal situations.  These chords are not built in 3rds and are some of the common sounds you hear Allan Holdsworth play or the group Steelly Dan.  The beauty of these voicings is they can work on anything from contemporary country music to jazz to soloing over contemporary classical music.  They are that versitile! 

The exercises presented in this book certainly are not every combination possible but represent the common diatonic pitch class set voicings that I’ve found to be the most useful in my own playing. I’ve used these modal voicings in lots of different idioms including classical, country, rock, heavy metal, jazz and free improvisation. From my 30 years of applying these voicings I believe that the modal examples in this book will adequately prepare you for any situation. I’ve also included some recordings where I either use the aforementioned pitch class sets as modal voicings, or by themselves.

Modal Pitch Class Set Chord Voicings Videos

“Modal Application of Pitch Class Sets” has about a half hour of videos showing you applications of each type of chord voicing. 60 jam tracks are also included so that you have a bass and drum track that you can immediately use to apply these chord voicings. These are not hard chord voicings but they are hip. Once you learn these chords they will be your go to sounds in many situations. The chords will give you the ability to color a song in multiple ways. The combinations of chords found in this course give you some beautiful sounds, and because each combination can be used over multiple chord types. This makes the learning of the chords very efficient because you can use it in more than one situation.

What is in the "Modal Pitch Class Set Chord Voicings" Course?

"Modal Pitch Class Set Chord Voicings" gives you 12 examples of modal harmony using the following pitch class sets

  • 027
  • 015
  • 026
  • 025
  • 013
  • 016
  • 027-015
  • 027-026
  • 027-016

Many of these are showing using more than one chord type for a total of 12 different modal systems you can use to play these chords in a modal situation. Chord diagrams are included for guitarist and well as a grand staff versions for pianist.

The Chord Voicings Used in The "Modal Pitch Class Set Chord Voicings" Course.

To limit the number of possible chord voicings to learn, I have limited the course to only closed voicings in one specific range. Guitarists will find that this range fits well on the D, G, and B string. One exception to this is the 013 chord voicings which use the upper four strings on the guitar because the voicings need to be displaced in order to be playable. For piano, grand staff voicings have been supplied.

You will see that many of the modal pitch class set voicings can be used over multiple chord types. I’ve include that information but I highly recommend you start simple and just learn a few application of these modal voicings. Later you can come back and explore more possibilities.

Use Chords as Melodies!

Keep in mind that the trichords and trichord pairs that are used in this course work equally well as melodies. That is one of the wonderful things about the particular pitch class set combinations found here. There are many traditional melodies that arpeggiate through diatonic chords. All those kinds of licks work equally well when using the pitch class set combinations in this course. There will an additional book showing the many ways you can convert these harmonic exercises to melodic lines. Meanwhile try taking a melody that step sequentially through a mode and substitute the chords you find here. You will discover some very exciting sounds!

Because the application of these chords will work in any idiom. Try applying these vocings and you will see that they have a wonderful sound in just about any idiom.

Recommended Listening for These Chord Voicings:

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