A musical approach to scales and arpeggios
For years I have searched for a scale/arpeggio method that really worked. I found some good approaches but nothing that did exactly what I wanted.
Presumably, we practice scales to become better performers of music. So why are many scale methods so unmusical?
My goal in writing this book was to help musicians develop technique without sacrificing musical spirit.
The book is divided into three sections …
Part One: Melodic Variations (100 pages)
40 examples, each divided into three parts:
- A: Generic sequence, all 12 keys. Not completely written out.
- B: Melodic variation ascending by half steps.
- C: Melodic variation descending by half steps.
Part Two: Stepwise Sequences (40 pages)
40 examples mostly focused on rhythmic challenges.
Motives ascend/descend modally along scale steps.
Part Three: Musical Snippets (40 pages)
40 examples from public domain works or short originals.