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Site Updates

You asked for it so we delivered!

Each of the book Previews now have the “Table of Contents” as well as sample text and music chart pages so that you get a really good idea of what is in each book.

To see the Previews, click on the “preview” button below each book image on The Principles of Improvisation page and it will open in a new tab for easy viewing.

8 books are currently available, the “Introduction to Music Improvisation” (FREE with any other purchase, for a limited time only) and each of the 7 Mode Companions. The 3 advanced Handbooks will be available soon. They really are complete handbooks and quite large. The final editing is taking longer than expected, so tay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook feeds for updates.

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Scales and Modes

Scales are the building blocks of all music. From them we get melodies, harmonies, chords, bass lines and more.

Modes are the scales within a scale. Hence there are only 7 modes, one for each note of the scale.

The Ionian Mode is the normal scale beginning on the 1st / Tonic / Naming note.
The Dorian Mode uses the same notes as the Ionian but begins on the 2nd / Super-Tonic note.
The Phrygian Mode uses the same notes as the Ionian but begins on the 3rd / Mediant note.
The Lydian Mode uses the same notes as the Ionian but begins on the 4th / Sub-Dominant note.
The MixoLydian Mode uses the same notes as the Ionian but begins on the 5th / Dominant note.
The Aeolian Mode uses the same notes as the Ionian but begins on the 6th / Sub-Mediant note.
The Locrian Mode uses the same notes as the Ionian but begins on the 7th / Sub-Tonic / Leading note.