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Modal Etudes: 35 Tonalities
Noel Johnston
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Modal Etudes: 35 Tonalities

36 short compositions in 35 tonalities, in a variety of styles.
Jazz · Metal · Funk
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Seven tonalities from each of these five parent scales: Major scale, Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor, Harmonic Major and Hungarian Minor. Compositions designed to help your ear and mind grasp each tonality/mode as its own tonality - based on concepts from the book, "Voicing Modes." Read full description…

Seven tonalities from each of these five parent scales: Major scale, Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor, Harmonic Major and Hungarian Minor. Compositions designed to help your ear and mind grasp each tonality/mode as its own tonality - based on concepts from the book, "Voicing Modes."

From the introduction:
Here are 36 etudes using 35 different tonalities. Seven tonalities derived from five different parent scales. These sounds are just a snapshot into how each mode or tonality can sound. Some tonalities are familiar and have obvious harmonic gravity while others require a bit more rhythmic and harmonic machination to point the listener to the intended home base. Some etudes use chord progressions while others reference more of a static pedal-tone in the bass to be clear. Each key/tonality was chosen by a set of “Modal Dice” (consisting of a parent scale die, a mode number die, and a 12-sided pitch center die).

From the Foreword:
...This is by no means an insipid “Life Hack” guitar book nor is it a judgmental “Theory Wizard” treatise. This is a comprehensive way to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the modes and what they offer you as a guitarist/ musician. If you have ever found yourself saying, “I wish there was a way that I could identify and understand why I like the sounds I hear in music” then this book is for you. Use it to your advantage and make the best music you can make. Thank Noel when you see him!
Dweezil Zappa - 2019

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Major Scale related tonalities/modes
Ionian (B, G and Eb)
C# Dorian
Phrygian #1 (C Phrygian)
Phrygian #2 (E Phrygian)
E & C Lydian
Eb Mixolydian
G Aeolian
F Locrian
Harmonic Minor related tonalities/modes
A Harmonic Minor
D# Locrian n6
G Ionian #5
Eb Dorian #4
C Phrygian-Dominant
G Lydian #2
B Superlocrian bb7 (aka "Altered bb7," or "Ultralocrian")
Melodic Minor related tonalities/modes
C Melodic Minor
G Phrygian n6
A Lydian-Augmented
Bb Lydian-Dominant
B Mixolydian b6 (AKA "Aeolian-Major")
F# Locrian n2
E Superlocrian ("Altered")
Harmonic Major related tonalities/modes
Eb Harmonic Major
B Superlocrian n5
A Lydian Minor
F# Locrian n2 n6
Bb Mixolydian b2
D Lydian-Augmented #2
D Locrian bb7
Hungarian Minor related tonalities/modes
B Hungarian Minor
F# Mixolydian b2 b5
C Ionian #2 #5
C Locrian bb3 bb7
Ab Double Harmonic Major
D Lydian #2 #6
G# Ultralocrian n5 (aka "Superlocrian n5 bb7")

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@noeljguitar · DFW, Texas

Hi, Everyone! I'm finally getting my books & etudes onto Soundslice. Lots of material and courses to come.

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