A list of unusual scales

Sometimes a great way to create new and exciting sounds is to try using a scale type that you haven't used before.  The only downside is that sometimes it can…

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Chord Inversions

There's nothing really complicated about chord inversions.  It's one of those subjects that often gets overlooked or ignored because the perception is it's too complicated but really, they are quite…

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Whole Tone Scales

I'm going to start by saying that whole tone scales are unlike any other discussed so far.  They are made up solely of whole tone intervals which results in 6…

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An Improvisation Exercise

So far we've covered a lot of ground with music theory covering Keys, chords, modes and pentatonic scales. This post pulls together a number of these ideas into an improvisation…

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Pentatonic Scales

As an alternative to modes, pentatonic scales are very commonly used for soloing.  The definition is often somewhat overcomplicated, pentatonic basically means 'five tones' so these are 5 note scales.…

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Modal Chords

So far I've discussed modes in terms of their structure and relation to the comparative major scale. I haven't been too prescriptive about how to use them and have encouraged…

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