The exercises use good melodic practices and demonstrate techniques explained in the text. Soon you’ll be improvising or composing your own etudes…

The first two exercises in the book

The first two exercises in the book

 

Enharmonic keys are presented on facing pages:

You'll never see E# minor notated. But in the key of C#, F minor really is an E# minor...

In the key of C#, F minor is actually an E# minor…

 

 

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.
excerpt intro R

 

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.
excerpt by the numbers R

 

There are 20 key concepts illustrated here:excerpt rules for R

 

And another dozen insights and tips offered as:excerpt Quick Concepts R

 

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…

excerpt to the etude R

 

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:

excerpt chord-scale R

 

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!excerpt patterns and R

 

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.

excerpt Tri-tones R

 

The book concludes with 4 pages devoted to chord construction – real world, practical inversions – not isolated root position note stacks…excerpt Chord Construction R

 

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:
excerpt 144 chord inversions R

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!