Three Note Modal Sequencing
Three Note Modal Sequencing for All Instrumentalists
The Two and Three Note Modal Sequencing are available as a BUNDLE. Please see this information before purchasing the Three Note Modal Sequencing course separately.
Three Note Modal Sequencing is a large undertaking because there are exponentially more combinations than Two Note Modal Sequencing. Three note sequences are very common in all types of music. Probably the most famous three note sequences can be found in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, but you will find their use in the solos of almost any contemporary artist. The Modal Sequencing courses have been set up so that they are — along with being an excellent way to improve your technical ability– also a robust melodic ear training tool. MP3s are included for all modal sequences which in the case of the Three Note Modal Sequencing is 30,000 MP3s. Don’t let that number frighten you; the main thing to remember is that these are familiar melodic patterns, they are really nice to listen to, and most importantly, you will experience rapid improvement in your musicianship from the get-go. These MP3s play each modal sequence ascending and descending which the student then identifies. Since three note sequences are so prevalent in music, using these files for ear training will greatly improve your recognition of longer melodies. It is, of course, recommended that you first work with our “Contextual Ear Training” courses before attempting these longer melody exercises.
Please Note: If you are a guitarist we highly recommend that you also work with the Guitar Technique and Physiology Course so that you develop the modal sequences with the proper technique.
Three Note Modal Sequencing Background
Modal Sequencing has long been a tool that musicians use to create great melodies and to improve their technical ability and aural comprehension. This series of courses covering Two and Three Note Modal Sequencing provides a student with a comprehensive range of information on multiple levels to help understand this crucial aspect of music. Twenty Nine different modes are covered for a student to practice and master these important structures. Each course from Modal Sequencing shows how every melodic sequence could be changed to create not only other melodic but also rhythmic permutations, which gives an improviser many choices when applying these melodies. A PDF showing the modal sequence along with MP3s and Midi files to hear each exercise have been included for all sequences. This greatly aids overall development because the student can check their accuracy when playing, singing or doing ear training exercises. Each course of the Modal Sequencing provides you with multiple exercises that you can do to improve your ear training skills. No matter how you use these exercises, by working with them you are using musically familiar patterns that will prepare you to improvise or compose over common melodies you encounter throughout your musical life.
There are many ways these modal sequences can help your musicianship. Below are just some of the uses you will find for these courses:
- Developing new ideas for improvising whether you are a beginner or an advanced player
- Developing a deeper knowledge of the scales included in this study.
- Developing your technical skills. Modal Sequences are a “super” chops building machine.
- Developing your ear training skills by singing and hearing various examples.
- Developing the ability to both technically and aurally recognize common melodic movement.
- Developing a melodic language that allows you to be more compositional in your improvisations
- Developing a way to organize scalar ideas.
- Developing a way to use these melodic patterns on multiple metric levels.
What’s in This Course?
First, if you look further down on this page you will see examples from PDFs from the series so you can get a better idea of the layout of each course. Modal sequencing is playing through a scale with a pattern, such as playing a scale ascending and descending with thirds. This type of technique has been around since at least the 17th century. One listen to Johann Sebastian Bach’s music will give you many examples of using modal sequencing as will listening to any Jazz, Blues or Heavy Metal player.
The Two and Three Note Modal Sequencing course uses 29 scales which include the following:
- Click on triangle to see lists of scales:
- Melodic Minor Ascending
- Dorian b2
- Lydian #5
- Lydian b7
- Mixolydian b6
- Locrian Natural 2
- Symmetrical Diminished
- Whole Tone
- Harmonic Minor
- Mixolydian b2b6
- Major Pentatonic
- Minor Pentatonic
- Harmonic Major
- Dorian b5
- Phrygian b4
- Lydian b3
- Mixolydian b2
- Lydian #2#5
- Locrian bb7
Videos are included to help you apply modal sequencing and play them more musically.
Here is a list of videos include:
- Click on triangle to see lists of videos:
- Working with Three Note Modal Sequences
- Applying Three Note Modal Sequencing
- Using a Whole Step and 4th Three Note Modal Sequencing
- Using A Minor Third and 5th Three Note Modal Sequencing
- Using Two Fourths Three Note Modal Sequencing
- Using A Minor Third and Whole Step Three Note Modal Sequencing
- Applying Articulation Three Note Modal Sequencing
- Up A Third and Whole Step Three Note Modal Sequencing
- Making It Sound Good Three Note Modal Sequencing
- Applying Three Note Modal Sequencing To Ear Training
Three Note Modal Sequencing Course
There are 29 scales that are used in the Three Note Series. It will allow a student to learn the most commonly used scales on their instrument plus it contains multiple ear training exercises to internalize the common melodies that are used in all types of music. If you want MEGA CHOPS then look no further. These modal sequences will give you a massive quantity of awesome melodies and if you use the midi files you can speed up your technique over time. These modal sequences are also great for exploring new improvisational ideas, so if you are tired of playing the same old thing, then this is the ticket to expanding your melodic palette!
Three Note Sequences Contain All Melodic Intervals Within an Octave
Remember that the Three Note modal sequences contain all melodic intervals so learning these sequences prepares you for any melody. In addition, the 29 scales provide you a lexicon of multiple melodic intervals within each sequence so you are covering a large number of the melodic shapes you may find in music.
Who should use the Modal Sequencing?course?
The quick answer is EVERYONE! But seriously, these sequences help you develop new ideas for improvisation and they will show up in your playing fast. They built build mega-chops but they also make your improvisation more compositional because you can pick sequences that have more affinity with a particular song rather than playing the same type of melodies on all songs. Modal Sequences also help you learn your instrument better and help you recognize scale patterns quickly. Modal sequences sound good at a slow or fast tempo so you will get great use out of them in your improvisations.
Playing Modal Sequences at Different Metric Levels
Playing modal sequences at multiple metric levels not only makes every sequence you learn more useful, but by also changing the type of rhythm used you can further disguise the sequence. Our Three Note Modal Sequence course goes into great detail on these subjects.
Examples from the Bundle Course Package.
Below are some examples from the Course which contains all 29 modes. There are five different types of files and each is tailored for a specific student level. You will find even more examples if you scroll down into the individual course offerings.
- Click on triangle to see a PDF example for first type of files.
- The page below shows multiple one octave ascending and descending sequences for G Dorian. Each line contains a new sequence. This is a good place for an advanced student to start because the only the ascending part of the scale is shown and it is assumed that the descending part will be easy to calculate. All modal sequences are written out for every mode and every key.
- There is no audio for these files
- These type of files are meant for an advanced student who only needs to work with the ascending version of a sequence and can deduce the rest of the notes.
- There are no audio files with these sequences.
- Each sequence is presented in all 12 keys.
- Click on triangle to see a PDF example for second type of files.
- The page below shows multiple one octave ascending and descending sequences for a Eb Mixolydian Scale. Each line contains a new sequence. This is a good place for an intermediate or advanced student that only needs to see the sequence written ascending. All modal sequences are written out for every mode and every key.
- These files present all the 3 Note Modal Sequences in one file which moves through all 12 keys.
- There is no audio for these types of files.
- Each sequence is played Ascending and Descending through one octave.
- There are twelve Three Note sequences for each key. All 12 keys are included.
- Click on triangle to see a PDF example for third type of files.
- This C Major Pentatonic modal sequence is shown in triplets. This is one of many possible ways to change the rhythm of a modal sequence which can make it much more musical. This example shows a new modal sequence every two bars. The sequence moves two octaves ascending and descending. Again the presentation of the entire sequence is helpful when a student needs to see the entire sequence to play it correctly.
- There is no audio for these types of files.
- Playing two or four note modal sequences in triplets or other odd rhythm groupings is a great way to disguise a sequence and also give it more interest.
- Because these modal sequences are played ascending and descending through two octaves they are good files for an intermediate level student to use to learn a sequence.
- Click on triangle to see a PDF example for fourth type of files.
- There are 504 MP3s for this type of file. An example MP3 for the above score is found below:
- There are also 504 midifiles for these PDFs so you can play them at any tempo.
- You can use these études for ear training, sight reading, transcription or just to listen to ingrain the sound of the note in the key center. Remember, you can play these examples at any tempo, super slow or extremely fast, with the midi files that accompany this course.
- Click on triangle to see the last type of exercise which shows you just one sequence.
- There are 1008 MP3s for this type of file. Keep in mind that there are also midi files for each example so you can play any exercise at any tempo.
- You can use these études for ear training, sight reading, transcription or just to listen to ingrain the sound of the note in the key center. Remember, you can play these examples at any tempo… super slow or extremely fast with the midi files that accompany this course.
ISBN: 9978-1-59489-428-2 This course includes: 54 Page PDF, 10 Videos 25 minutes in total, 33,411 MP3s and 33,411 Midifiles
Status: Currently Available, Digital book is available for immediate download!
What people are saying:
- I bought this course mostly for the ear training. I think it’s important to point out that the ear training MP3s play the melody but don’t identify the melody like many of the other muse eek products. You have to look at the title of the MP3 for identity. Not a big deal, I even do it in my car where the name is shown on the screen in my car. It takes a minute to get used to the way they are labeled but no biggy. I contacted Mr. Arnold about these files and their purpose, here is what he said. “It is important to understand that when you are attempting to recognize larger groups of notes your mind will start using pattern recognition because once the speed and length surpasses your cognitive ability you will need to switch to a pattern recognition system which these files will help you build.” I think that is important and a key point when it comes to identifying large melodic sets.. R. Johns
- Three Note Sequences has really helped me to build my melodic repertoire. Thanks so much for making this mega course available. Nothing else like it that I’ve seen!A. Frank
- I using these 3 note sequencing MP3s along with my Two Note Ear Training work and finding it’s getting easier and easier to identify longer melodies. The large amount of files put me off initially but I’m finding that once I can identify a scale I can get the sequence pretty quickly so I able to skip over a lot of files making the job easier. I’m so glad that Mr. Arnold included the Harmonic Major Modes this is an area in which I need a lot of work. I highly recommend this course! T. Reagen
- I think my chops have doubled in the last few weeks. Damn this is great thanks so much! B. Workman