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Time Transformation by Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing Company

Time Transformation

Time Transformation

Forward looking approach to improvisation.

Time Transformation 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 Time Transformation.

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 of Time Transformation leads to mastery of the complex rhythmic soloing ideas commonly used in contemporary improvisation.

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