Scale Analysis by Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing Company

Scale Analysis

Scale Analysis

ISBN: 978-1-59489-431-2

700 Page PDF, 36 Videos: Over 4 hours of video, 108 MP3s and 72 Midifiles.

Scale Analysis is hands down the most comprehensive course on the subject of ear training and how it applies to hearing chord progressions and scales. Furthermore, it will help you to develop the skills you need to hear multiple scales and chords all within a key center. This understanding will revolutionize your ability to improvise and compose and will change your whole approach when working with chords and scales.

The 1st Premise

The overarching idea behind The Scale Analysis course is that you can develop the ability to hear multiple chords all in one key center. By honing these skills you will find improvising over chords to be much simpler and more musical at the same time. Initially, this course present a way to understand how you should hear chords and their associated chord scales. Second, it develops your ear training skills so that you are truly hearing and playing using these concepts. This idea of hearing entire chord progressions within a key center is not new. Take a look at any jazz standard or Pop tune and you will find a melody that is largely diatonic to a key center while multiple chords are present. Unfortunately most educational systems used developed a cookie cutter approach to understanding and playing over chord changes where each chord is its own key center. In other words, the root of each chord is thought of as the new key center. This concept of playing leads to a very vertical conception of “playing over the changes” and makes creating a key based “singing” melody very difficult if not impossible. This vertical approach also goes against how you ultimately hear music and will become apparent as your ear progresses with the “Contextual Ear Training” courses that I’ve created. This course first seeks to speed up your ability to hear scales and chords in a one key center through targeted exercises that involve both an intellectual understanding and strengthening of your aural skills so that you actually hear the correct way.

The 2nd Premise

The second major premise is that when you have multiple chords within a chord progression each successive chord and the scale chosen for that chord will affect which scale you use for the next chord. This is because your ear tends to want to hold on to any sound it hears until it is canceled out by another sound. This canceling sound is usually a chord tone on the next chord. A quick example. If you have a C Dominant 7th chord and you play a C Mixolydian scale over it then you hear an F7 chord the “Eb” in the F7 chord will cancel out the “E” creating a C Dorian scale. So you can see that we are thinking of both chords in the key of C. There will of course be exceptions to this, for example, if you play the C Dominant chord for a couple of measures and then play the F7 chord for eight measure at some point you stand a good chance of modulating to the key of F. This is completely fine! The overall premise is the longer you hear a chord the more chances you have to modulate to the root of that chord. The faster you hear chords the more you stand the chance of hearing all the chords in one key center. In most cases musicians need work on hearing a group of chords and their chord scales in one key center and that is the backbone of this course.

Additional Information Found in This Course

The above video gives you examples of different parts of the book but besides the worksheet where you write out the scales, there are many other parts to the course that give you extremely valuable information about chord scale relationships.:

  • A list showing you which chords tend to be used with specific scales when you relate them to one key center.
  • A list showing you the location of the scales and their related chords within all 36 chord progressions so you can see patterns.
  • A list showing you all possible chord scale relationships for each scale used in the chord progressions.
  • A list showing you all possible subsets for the scales used in the chord progressions.
  • A list showing the South Indian “Melakarta” scales and their relationship to the scales used in this course.
  • A list of all alternate names used for the scales found in this course.
  • Additional ear training exercises which help you apply the techniques you have learned to popular tunes or your own compositions.

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Scale Analysis

ISBN: 978-1-59489-431-2

700 Page PDF, 36 Videos: Over 4 hours of video, 341 MP3s and 72 Midifiles.

What people are saying:
  • This is an fantastic course that will totally reorganize your understanding of chords and their related scales. A simple concept of hearing all scales in one overall key center has fundamentally changed the way I hearing and think about music. C. Franks
  • The most enlightening book on music that I've ever read. I now understand how to hear scales within chord progressions. This is awesome! Thanks! W. George
  • Hearing all scales in one key is an entirely new approach for me. I can see how it will totally revolutionize my playing.A. Rogers
  • I'll be referencing this book for a long time. Amazing amount of information! Thanks for including the list showing all the subsets of these scales that is super valuable information. F. Nathan

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