“….for some, the solo is a mystery, and getting the music inside them out, is extremely challenging.”
(PRWEB) February 28, 2015
The Muse-Eek Publishing Company presents “Guide Tones,” a roadmap for those who want to improvise in an informed, melodic way, and to solo fluidly. The course is available as a download through the Muse-Eek site.
The solo is a demonstration of knowledge, freedom and invention. But for some the solo is a mystery, and getting the music inside them out, is extremely challenging. “Guide Tones” explains how to build a solo by using specific notes derived from chord progressions. Consistent with Muse-eek’s holistic approach to music education, “Guide Tones” also devotes time to Contextual Ear Training, the key to recognizing and working within a key center. As such, it is a course that can be used by all instrumentalists and vocalists.
The downloadable course is extensive. As the author Bruce Arnold worked on it, more and more vital exercises and information presented themselves. The final product (also available as a special edition in bass clef) is exceptionally rich, and provides a comprehensive learning experience. This includes:
- 15 Videos and one 113 page PDF on the theory and application of guide tones.
- Explanations on how to apply guide tone lines to chord progressions with 192 chord progression examples.
- An extensive ear training section, which includes groundbreaking theory on how to "hear" guide tones plus 192 MP3s to develop the ability to hear and play guide tone lines.
- 36 Chord Progressions with four examples of guide tone lines each, which show how these melodies work with both simple and advanced chord changes.
- Midi files of all exercises and recommendations on how to use these files to develop improvising skills.
- Backing Tracks in a Blues/Jazz style for 36 chord progressions at 3 different tempos.
- Backing Tracks in a Funk Style for 36 chord progressions
- Walking Bass Backing Tracks in a Blues/Jazz Style for 36 chord progressions
In almost every great musical performance there is the moment when a musician steps up to front and center and takes a solo. We may think of this purely in the context of rock or jazz, or world music, but Beethoven was also known to hold his audiences enraptured with his improvisations. All musicians therefore, can benefit from the kind of training this course offers.