Secret Code-Bruce Arnold, Jane Getter by Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing Company

Secret Code


Bruce Arnold–Guitar

Jane Getter –Guitar

Two Electric Guitar Entwine in "Secret Code"

Lyrical Jazz, Blues and Rock inflected Duets from Jane Getter and Bruce Arnold

Original Music

In "Secret Code" Jane Getter and Bruce Arnold present duets based on original compositions and improvisations. Each player contributes three original pieces, allowing their stylistic interactions with each other to dictate new settings. Each piece is separated by brief but fully realized free improvs. Stemming from the traditional straight-ahead jazz guitar duo concept, these interactions run the gamut of electronic textures; from distortion and wah-wah to synthetically processed sounds, as well as more organic, mellower palettes.

Jane Getter

"I always loved the guitar," muses Ms. Getter. "My parents had me taking piano lessons and my sister was taking guitar lessons." I would sit at the top of the stairs and listen enviously. I swore to myself I would play guitar some day." That desire turned her into a formidable award winning electric guitarist and composer. She 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 of the straight-ahead jazz path. "When I went on the road with Jack, his hard swinging jazz/blues grooves created a party vibe, with the audience clapping their hands and having fun. I realized that a big part of what I love about playing music was connecting with people. From then on, my writing became more groove-oriented.”

Bruce Arnold

As for Arnold, he can remember his first love affair with the guitar clearly "My parents bought me an accordion when I was a kid, but I really wanted to play the guitar so badly that I'd use anything I could find-- brooms or tennis rackets to pretend I was playing. My folks got tired of all the broken brooms and tennis rackets and finally bought me a guitar." Although his journey has led him through some of the most intellectually circuitous musical terrain his roots still go back to blues and rock. "I think that's why we get along so well musically' explains Getter "Bruce is really fun to play with. He can be funky, and he can be serious, and he's always ready to try something new." As for Arnold, he says "I totally enjoy playing with Jane. She writes great stuff, but she never strays far from the soulful blues thing."

The Music

"Secret Code" starts off with Getter's bittersweet "If Only You Knew" with a chromatic head and (typical for the composer) deceptively challenging chord progression. Arnold's "Spurge" (his most often recorded tune) gets a new freely improvised and surprisingly sweet, albeit serial-based, prologue. The title track, “Secret Code” also benefits from an all harmonics, crystalline improvised intro before settling into its 6/8 theme. “Blues for Arnie” is dedicated to Arnold Schoenberg, and is Bruce’s guess at how the composer might have approached the blues style. “Exsqueeze Me” launches right into a funky 7/4 shuffle after some jaunty (and recurring) wah-wah work. Arnold’s “Factorial,” the longest piece on the CD, gets the full orchestral treatment, complete with distorted guitars, and sounds processed through the computer program SuperCollider. (In addition there is a spoken interlude with the musicians reading definitions of “factorial” from Wikipedia.) The tune sports Arnold’s signature serial based structures, in this case, based on 027, 016, 027 and 026.

The tracks :

  • If You Only Knew:
  • Spurge:
  • Crickets:
  • Secret Code:
  • Dust Motes:
  • Blues for Arnie:
  • Thrill Seeker:
  • Exsqueeze Me:
  • Moire:
  • Spurge:
  • Factorial:
  • If You Only Knew Revisted:

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Muse-Eek Publishing Company is a publishing house with a broad focus on music education. Muse-Eek also publishes fine art and poetry books, and has its own record label, Muse-Eek Records. Our online presence, specializes in the publication of music workbooks, video courses and sound and video recordings that teach the foundation of good musicianship through groundbreaking and innovative methods along with traditional methods that have been taught for centuries. These historic methods date back through centuries of great musicians and educators. To see these interesting relationship please see Bruce Arnold's Music Education Genealogy Chart which tells you a lot about the where many of his educational ideas took root and some of the educational pillars that are evident throughout the books you find on this website. The Muse-Eek Records catalogue contains a diverse selection of music much of it by Bruce Arnold in collaboration with some of today's best players in classical, jazz, rock and avant-garde music. These are available in CD, DVD and mp3 formats. We believe in a working relationship with our music education customers; they are free to interact with the author after purchasing a book to help them through any material they don’t understand or which they need further clarification. We also have a member's area which contains a wealth of free information to help a student understand music at a deeper level and access additional files for our books. Many of our books offer cutting edge ideas regarding ear training, guitar technique, rhythm and time. These methods have a proven track record. Our main author Bruce Arnold has taught at some of the most prestigious music schools in the world, including Princeton, Dartmouth, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, The New School and NYU. Along with Mr. Arnold's publications on the website he has also written books and appeared in educational DVDs for MelBay and Truefire. Over the years Mr Arnold has used his experiences with his students to develop a program that can elevate a musician's ability to world class caliber. If you have questions about any of our books or recordings please send us an email. Along with general questions about either our record label or our publishing company we also welcome questions to help a student choose the proper materials to reach their goals. We have over 300 products to help you learn any style of music and to develop your musicianship to its peak. We also make recommendations for practice schedules for students who use our methods to get the most out of their study time. This, along with personal interaction with Bruce through email, nurtures the student's ability through a closely monitored situation, ensuring there is no wasted time or misunderstanding.