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Pack One

The Scales Book

This book concentrates primarily on an introduction to music theory and the associated vocabulary. It incorporates an extensive look at the various scales including the modes and jazz scales, as well as exotic and cultural scales (more than 150 listed forms). This information provides a powerful set of tools for sculpting riffs, melodies and bass lines as well as providing tonal models for composition. You will also start learning about intervals.
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Scales Book Content Headers

• What is a scale? • The piano/keyboard • The musical alphabet • Octaves • What is a Pitch? • Diatonic • What is an Interval? – Semitones and Whole tones • Neighbouring Relationships – Black and White notes • Intervals Part 1 • Step Patterns • The Scale Form • The In-laws – Relatives • Test 1 • Manuscript and Computers • Keyboard note mapping to a stave • Staves and Clefs • Sharps and Flats – Key Signatures • Circle of Fifths • Test 2 • Fingering of scales – Major scale – the 3 Minors • Fingering Exceptions • Fingering Pattern Charts • Test 3 • Modes • Scale Recap • The Seventh Dimension • Altered Modes • Other Types of Scales • Pentatonic Scales • Blues Scales • Blue Notes • Bebop Scales • Exotic Scales • Place Your Order – ordered step patterns • Test 4 • Intervals Part 2 • Ear and Interval Training • Intervals Part 3 – Scale Numbers • Test 5 • Sing Along, Play Along • Intervals Part 4 – interactive aural training • The Hearing Doctor – aural tests • A Word on Practising • Practise Pages – exercises • Test Answers

Chords Book

The chords book explores the many types of chords which are used in all sorts of musical genres. You will also learn about the ways to play them as well as extending your knowledge on intervals.
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Chords Book Content Headers

• Triads • Inversions • Adding to triads – Doubling • Characteristics • Adding other numbers • Test 1 • Extending the Triads • Seventh Chords • All Sixes and Sevens • Test 2 • Add Versus Extension • Ninth Chords • Slash Chords • Eleventh Chords • Thirteenth Chords • Chord Recap • Changing the Name • Test 3 • Fingering for Chords • Chord Variations • Mangling the Triad • Short Form Chords • Variations of the Added 9th • Variations of the Added 6th • Variations of the Added 11th • Sus These Out • Variations of the Seventh chord • Variations of the Ninth chord • Variations of the Eleventh chord • Variations of the Thirteenth chord • The Table of Chords • Mess Around! Have Fun! • Test 4 • Jazzy And Funky Sounding Chord Shapes • Dissonant Chords • Hot Tips • Chord Extension Chart for all Keys • Symbol Chart • Other Chord Names • Mm7 and mM7 • European Chords – Augmented Sixths • The Italian Sixth • The French Sixth • The German Sixth • Test 5 • Techniques For Playing Chords • The Split System for Left Hand Chords • Upper Structures • Shells • Big Chord Inversions and Shapes • Inverting and Perverting The C of J • Register This • Test 6 • Answers to Tests

Reading Music Book

This particular book looks at the often daunting subject of how to read and analyse the dots on a page of manuscript. This book shows an easy step by step method and takes away much of the fear that is associated with this subject. There are also 10 original practise piano pieces ranging in difficulty which can be sent to your inbox for free if you feel so inclined.

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Reading Music Book Content Headers

• Time Signatures • What is a time signature? • What is a bar? • Duple, Triple, Quadruple and Quintuple Time • Regular and Irregular • Simple and Compound Time • Black Dots, Lines and Spots • Need a Rest Yet? – What is a rest? • Even Notes can get Dotty – Dotted Notes • Dotted versus straight • More on Bars and Other Common Symbols • Bar line, Double bar, Repeat signs • Volta, Octave Abbreviations • Repetitions • Mordents • Turns • Pick up • Grace Notes • Pause, Crescendo and Diminuendo, Slur • Tie • Note Symbols • Accents • Arpeggio, Trill (shake) • Bowing • Augmentation and Diminution • Tempus Fugit – Tempo • BPM values according to written terminology • Reading Note Values • Triple Tricky – Triplets • Triplet Timing • Alternative Counting Method • Reading Note Values Continued • A General Summarising Note • Counting in Fours and Ones • Plan of Attack • End Note

Relatives Book

This book illustrates the relationships between different key signatures and shows you how to link scales and chords together to form interesting and unusual combinations. These combinations provide an extensive catalogue of melodic and harmonic ideas. There are different charts which contain various groupings of scales and chords. According to our knowledge, some of these are unique and you will not find them anywhere else.
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Relatives Book Content Headers

• Relative keys • Making chords from C Major • Key Relationships • Common Ground • Changing the sound • Key Linking • Being Selective • Major Scale and Modal Chord chart • Using the Major Scale and Chord Chart • The other way round • Alternative – Sharp or Flat • The Selected Scales • Using The Selected Scales Chart • Transposing • Changing Rooms • Finding Links to Enable Resolution • Start Pasting • Resolving • Missing Links • Making One Thing From Something Else • Different chords from one scale • Different scales from one chord • Using Altered Forms • Finding the links – Match Making • Keeping Good Relations • How to find Relative key scales over chords • From another point of view • Other Considerations • Points To Remember • Larger Chord Shapes • Finding Chords and New Roots from Scales • Sticking Together • The Spices of Life • The Spices of Life Listing – Secret Recipes • Different Flavours • Using the Chart • Notes That Bite • Alert… Alert…Wrong Note • Answers to the Questions
 

Pack Two

Composition Book 1

Composition books 1 and 2 take you on a journey through different compositional processes. The principles of these methods can be applied to any genre of music. These books contain a mass of tips, tricks and techniques that will inspire you as well as develop your creative thinking.
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Composition Book 1 Content Headers

• Preface • So What Is Composition? • The Art of Composition – An Overview • Listen and learn • Form and Perspective • Areas Of Composition • The First Steps – Step One • So, how can we start? • Starting with the drum track • How do we start using Scales? • The order • Riffs • Synth Riff Test • Numbers at random • Building a track around a riff • Using the bass to start • Arpeggiating • Sound Washing • Triads • Bigger Chords • Scales • Semi-random scale numbers • Melody Maker • What is a melody? • How do we build a melody? • Pasting • Personal Choice • Harmonic Paths • Scale Templates • Leaping about • Ups and Downs • Melody – Phrasing and Rhythm • Phrasing • Rhythmical Aspects • Balancing Act • Cadence • A-A-B-A • Melody – Points to Consider • Harmonic use of scales • Using Chords To Start • The System – The Numeral Principle • Quick Test • Music by Numbers • Altered Triad Forms – a process of identification • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Functions • Quick Test • Symbols and explanations of numeral positions • Music by Numbers 2 • Numeral Chords Based In Minor • 7th Chord Numeral Principle • Quick Test • Symbols • Quick Test • Inversions and how to use them • Formula Fun • Progressive Behaviour • More Progressions • Ideas on how to play the progressions • Shape Up • Mind Games – Element of Surprise • Combining Chords and Scales • Creating a Melody around Chords • Chord Tones Only • Common Chord Tones Only • Step By Step • Melody and Chord Analysis • Simple exercises for building a melody over chords • Creating Chords Around A Melody • Melody 1 • The First Steps • 1 3 5 • Triads for every bar • Building on the triads • A Stage Further • Travelling Roots • Piano Accompaniment • Alternative Arrangement • Melody 2 • Starting A Sequence From One Chord Shape • Answer Page

Composition Book 2 

This book complements and expands upon some of the topics included in Composition book 1. It also introduces many new topics.
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Composition Book 2 Content Headers

• Counterpoint • Types of counterpoint • Imitative Counterpoint • The Fugue • Line Dancing – Inversion, Retrograde, Retrograde Inversion, Diminution, Augmentation • Other Related Terms – Pedal Point, Stretto, False Entry • Types of Fugue • Study Area – Species Counterpoint • Types of Interval • Part Writing rules that apply to all species • First Species • Second Species • Third Species • Fourth Species • Breaking The Rules • Fifth Species • The Next Stage • Coherency • Coherency – Dissonance • Coherency – Linear Independence Rhythmic • Coherency – Linear Independence Motivic • Coherency – Planes and volume • Coherency – Harmonic • In Practise (counterpoint) • In Practise – The Cantus • In Practise – Creating a contrapuntal line • In Practise – Creating a new line (a third part) • In Practise – Development • In Practise – Tidyng Up • In Practise – Creating a Fourth part • In Practise – Making it Better • In Practise – Working on lines 1 and 3 • In Practise – Branching Out • In Practise – The Final Stage • Higher levels of tension – Discussion • Modulation • What is Modulation? • Types of Modulation • Common Chord Modulation • Pivot Chords • Bridge Chords • Substitutions • Functionality • Common Tone Modulation • Tonal Direction – Voice Leading • Chromatic Modulation • Sequential Modulation • From one specific shape to another • Circle of Fifths • Patterns • Circle of Fourths • Tone Zones • Enharmonic Modulation • The Augmented Triad • The Dominant Seventh Chord (Augmented 6th Chord) • The Diminished Seventh Chord • The Tritone • Quick Test • The Neapolitan Sixth Chord • The Power of an Inverted Interval – The Major 3rd • The Power of an Inverted Interval – The Diminished 7th • Intervals Part 5 • The Power of an Inverted Interval – The Diminished 3rd • Parallel Modulation • Relative Modulation • Direct Modulation • Melodic Modulation • Phrase Modulation • Static Modulation • Examples of getting from C to B • Modulation – Basic points to keep in mind • TEST – Functions • Step Two – Structure (Form) • Breaking it down • Types of Musical Structure • Binary Form • Ternary Form • AABA Form • 12 Bar Blues • Jazz 12 Bar • Bebop 12 Bar • Minor 12 Bar • Pop Up Construction • The Pop Pyramid • Song components related to Pop Music • Arrangement • Move Ya Body (2000) Structural Analysis • MYB Lyrics • MYB The Song Form • MYB The Key Signatur • MYB The Structure – The Intro • MYB The Double Verse • MYB The Bridge (1) • MYB The Single Chorus • MYB The Drop • MYB The Single Verse • MYB The Bridge (2) • MYB The Double Chorus • MYB The Middle 8 /Detached Verse • MYB The Breakdown • MYB The Final Chorus • Useful Tips Regarding Pop Structure • Time To Listen • 10 Points To Keep In Mind • Classical Structures • The Sonata • The Sonata Form • The Aria • The Minuet • The Scherzo • The Rondo Forms • Variation Form • The Symphony • The Concerto • Exercises • Exercise 1 (example answer) • Exercise 2 (example answer) • Test Answers – Functions • Final Thought  

Programming Book

The Programming book introduces you to the elements of rhythm with a regard to programming drum patterns and bass patterns from both a realistic and creative point of view. There are lots of fresh and exciting topics to discover. This book cover’s many styles including Pop, Rock, Jazz, R&B, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Dance, Funk, Latin, Reggae and Rock ‘n’ Roll, There will be additional styles available from the website as downloads in the future.
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Programming Book Content Headers

• The Three Elements • Rhythm – Drum Programming • Basic Definitions and Commonly Associated Words • Three’s Company • The Matrix • Matrix Patterns • Putting Drum Patterns into Context – Pop Music • R&B • Dance • Rock • Reggae • Jazz • Sounds and Construction • Tempo • Quantisation • Step Programming • Drawing with a Pencil • Drum and Bass – Breaks • Bendy Beats • Loops • Mad Beats • Loops from Loops • Tips for Audio Loops • Creating Charts • Reading Charts • Pretty Patterns • DIY • Alternative Sound Ideas • Breaking The Pattern • Real Time Drum Programming • Layout • Mapping Over Keys • Technique – 3 and 2 • Index Rhythms • 5 and 3 • Drum Tricks – Drum Kit Notation • The Rudiments • Rolls • Other Rudiments • Programming and overdubbing fills • Programming and playing a solo • Ultimate Fills • Time Machine – Double and Half time feel • Final Thoughts • Drummer List • Exercises and Practise Tips • Bass Programming • Part One – Synth Bass • Sub Bass • Slicing • Putting it into practise • Emphasising the 3rd and 4th • Emphasising the 7th • Effects - Filtering - Portamento • Slurs • One Handed Technique • Joy Stick Control • Joy Stick Vibrato • Two Handed Technique • Black Bass Templates • Super Mario Acid Jazz • Synth Bass Wackiness • Part Two – Real Bass Emulation • Instruments and Construction • Bass Language and Terminology • Thinking like a bass player • Pitch • The corresponding note positions on a keyboard • Real Pitch Definitions • Overlapping Tones • Making the Sound • Bass Styles – Technique • Slap • Fingered • Picking • Technique Effects - slide • Mute, Hammer-on, Pull off • Tapping, Harmonics • String Noises, Claps and Vibrato • Trill, Double Stop • Styles of Playing • Rock Bass • Jazz Bass • Funk and Slap • MOR • Reggae • Open Bass Lines • Changing Root Note Perception • Rooting The Bass • Using the bass as a melodic instrument • Practise Tips • Putting It Together • Mr Scarbee • Real Players • Answer to “Find the Bass”

Improvisation Book

Improvisation is often associated with jazz, but it is prevalent in many musical forms. It is frequently used as a means to sketch compositional ideas aside from being a medium of expression for the performer. Understanding and practising the elements that are employed in this improvisation book, even though many of them are jazz orientated, can really help you to get the most out of yourself. You will be quicker to realize those spontaneous ideas. The Improvisation book compliments both Composition books.
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Improvisation Book Content Headers

• Improvising and Advanced Melody • Definition • Origins • Private or Public • A Starting Point • Improvisation Methodology • How To Start Improvising – An Emotional Approach • Tonal Reflection • Mental and Picture Reflection • A Non Thinking Process • Using only white notes to create interesting music • Use lots of different white note chords • Using only black notes to create interesting music • Alternating between the two • Improvising around fixed notes • Order of Attack • A Theoretical Approach • Improvisation and Accompaniment • Improvising over a fixed bass line • Control Techniques – Joystick Control • The Three Legged Horse • Improvisation over a Chord Structure • Melodic Principles – Chord Tones and Non Chord Tones • Passing Tones • Stepping Tones • Non Scale Tones • Non Modal Ornamental Tones • Non Modal Passing Tones • Resolving Non Modal Tones • Exceptions • Balancing Tricks • General considerations for non modal tones • Smoothing The Lines • Chord Progression 1 – Cyber Jazz • Chord Progression 2 • What is Jazz? • Swing • What is Syncopation? • Structure • Melodic Improvisation • Modal Improvisation • Ways to decorate a mode • Chromaticism • Atonal Improvisation • Free Improvisation • Jazz Related Theory • The jazz chord and related scale system – Modal Based • Non Modal Based • Jazz Scales • Bending Chords – Free Tones • Jazz Chord Extensions • Diminished Form • Augmented Form • Tailoring the 7th Chord • The Sandwich • Triad Stepping • Chord Substitution – Tritone Chord Substitution • Numerical Substitution • Circle Progression Additions • 3/7 Voicings • Half Step Shifting • Drop Voicings • Altered Chords • Secondary Dominant Chords • Quartal Voicings • Gadgets for Improvisation – Subdivision • Anticipation • Retardation • Suspensions • Neighbour Notes • Mordents • Turns • Neighbour Group Notes • Grace Notes • Pick Up • Articulation • Using what we have learned to Improvise • Planning Your Solo • Dinner With Mrs Hewitt • Great Jazz Pianists to Study • Points For Consideration When Improvising • Bonus Track

DVD

This DVD contains the support material for the books. Where certain topics require more than explicative text and diagrams, the DVD will supply audio examples, midi files and video tutorials that serve to fully demonstrate the purpose of the subjects involved.
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DVD Content

•650 Audio Demos • 150 Midi files • Key Video Tutorials on specific subjects
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