Pitch Class Set Improvisation: The Sonic Resource Guide




Sonic Resource Guide

This book helps you understand pitch class set theory. Which will help you develop and organize your improvisation and composition to create a modern sound. I’ve also included a video from one of my workshops to help you understand how the Sonic Resource Guide can be used.

Sonic Resource Guide: Pitch Class Set Theory for an Improvising Musician

Sonic Resource Guide: Pitch Class Set Theory for the Improvising Musician

This book is really a reference book that allows you to look up all kinds of information about chords and scales using Pitch Class Set Theory.  This is done without having to take a course in Algebra to understand these relationships. It also helps you organize all scales and chords into a system that is logical and allows you to see relationships that might have been unseen previously. One of the nice things is the Sonic Resource Guide reduces all possible scales down to a manageable 220 possible combinations.

The Sonic Resource Guide logical organizing principles allow a musician to see in a clear and concise way all of the possibilities behind any scale (Pitch Class Set.) If you are a musician who wants to explore new sounds for improvisation or composition then this book will be a great resource.

The aim of The Sonic Resource Guide is to bridge a gap in music education. This book is a balance between the highly mathematical approach to pitch class theory and the often limited scope of jazz improvisation methods. By demonstrating numerous musical relationships that an improviser can use to create fresh sounding musical content the Sonic Resource Guide will be a breath of fresh air and sound for your musical palette.

This book allows you to gain new insight into melodic and harmonic relationships. Find immediately the hidden relationship found in scales which will open up a whole new world of sound possibilities. Various melodic and harmonic relationships of each pitch class sets is listed in the book to help a musician locate and utilize these relationships within their own playing. Along with each pitch class set is a listing of possible related jazz chords so you can plug these sounds into your playing immediately.

Where appropriate a listing of all three and four note chords can be found to aid in creating varied and unique harmonic palettes, as well as three, four, six and eight note subset relationships to help in exploring subset based musical ideas.

All musicians will find this book user friendly because all Pitch Class Set (Scales) relationships are listed as both pitch names and scale degrees. Set theory students will find each pitch class set is also expressed in its prime form.

Create any scale on the fly and immediate find out the hidden relationships. Look at the common scales you know or create new scales at your whim. All this can be done quickly by using the index which helps you locate any group of notes in it’s prime form which will then be your guide to finding the scale within the book. There is also a brief theory section exploring some of the uses of the information presented.

Posted by on 18. 01. 2014in Blog

2 Responses to “Pitch Class Set Improvisation: The Sonic Resource Guide”

  1. Anthony Rodgers says:

    The romantics of the jazz, don’t really believe in any theories. They just improvise and play whatever comes from the heart and mind. One thing important in improvisation is ear training. There are two methods, online, and offline in presence of a teacher. I’ve tried both methods. Both of these methods made me a good musician and helped me improvise better.

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