The exercises use good melodic practices and demonstrate techniques explained in the text. Soon you’ll be improvising or composing your own etudes…
Enharmonic keys are presented on facing pages:
The text offered in 144 Daily Exercises has been carefully considered and edited for brevity. The following excerpts illustrate the scope of the book with just a hint of the actual content.
Thinking of Music By The Numbers leads one to a fuller, more intuitive understanding of musical composition. There’s a complete explanation for the derivation and understanding of basic chord types.
There are 20 key concepts illustrated here:
And another dozen insights and tips offered as:
The 144 Exercises are representative, simple eighth note etudes. You are offered the tools to write your own – and increase your understanding of existing literature – be it improvised transcriptions or classical compositions…
After the etude concept is presented in full, there is a unique chart at the bottom of the page, simplifying the task of assigning a scale to every chord. This is the heading for the chart:
The next section contains two dozen Melodic Ideas – working at a higher level of abstraction that allows one to create or analyze using a methodology rather than rote memorization!
The relationship between the dominant 5th degree of the key and the use of bII7 as a replacement for V7 – fully explained. Seven insightful, advanced harmonic devices are offered at the bottom of the page.
The book concludes with 4 pages devoted to chord construction – real world, practical inversions – not isolated root position note stacks…
Just as some lead sheets use “slash chords” – chord symbol over bass note – the logic for sounding left hand piano chords in a reasonable range is presented as pairs of intervals that invert depending on the timbre of the given key. All 144 chords are described verbally, visually and again in traditional notation:
First 6 chords excerpted here. This section had to be hand-written – all the chord inversions used on the CD are shown in the back of the book.
The CD has 15 tracks with keys C, F, & Bb repeated as tracks 13-14-15, accommodating Bb and Eb instruments who start at track 3 or 4.
Just 30 minutes a day spent with the 144 Daily Exercises CD hones the ear for surrounding harmonies and will greatly increase the breadth and depth of your technique!