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Modalogy: Scales, Modes & Chords: The Primordial Building Blocks of Music Paperback – 17 Oct 2011

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation; 1st edition (17 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1458413977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1458413970
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A B Carrington on 7 July 2015
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Modalogy, a deep study of musical symmetry. A worthy must-have book !! 2 April 2014
By Charles Austin - Published on Amazon.com
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As a professional jazz pianist, author of a text on jazz harmony, and professor for nearly thirty years, I am always intrigued by new work in this field, and was pleased to encounter Jeff Brent's (with Schell Barkley) Modalogy.

After taking some time studying and working with the contents, I've come to the conclusion that this is a profoundly important text not only for jazz players and teachers, but for all musicians. Modalogy provides layer upon layer upon layer of information and logic that beckons the reader to return time and time again.

As the title suggests, the book contains an in depth analysis of modes, with their sources, characteristics, and modal cadences. Along with diatonic modes, the method for establishing commonly used chromatic modes, is unique, refreshing, brilliant, yet in the end, simply applied.

The authors, have developed a Dorian-centric approach to a radially generated cycle (in contrary motion style), which builds a truly symmetrical inside/ outside take on harmony and dissonance. Through this approach, Brent/Barkely take a fresh and somewhat unconventional approach to the organization of scale types, classifying them using a basic color system portrayed over a cube design. It will give the reader a lot to think about, but it works.

The appendix broadens the scope for application of this material into a large body of detailed related information that the reader will find helpful in practicing.

The topics and concepts are presented plainly and clearly in an approachable and down to-earth manner, with great attention to detail. Although of benefit to serious students beginning a study of jazz harmony and improvisation, the text has much to offer advanced students and teachers. Modalogy offers and expansive study that will inspire and challenge for years to come and I highly recommend it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Don't pass on this, you MUST have it! 7 Nov. 2013
By Jared Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is filled with lots of golden nuggets relating to modes, modal chord progressions and beyond. The modal chord progression tables for each mode are worth the price of the book ALONE. It covers so much more than just modes and progressions though. It takes you pretty far!

It may seem a little intimidating at first due to some of the chosen nomenclature, but that really only applies to when a concept or advanced chord and so on are introduced to you (like in the chapter titles). The meat and potatoes of this text are in plain ol' English. You'll have no problem absorbing the material contained herein as it's communicated very well.

The book starts off with a (necessary) brief overview of Pentatonic scales. It then walks you through an evolution which takes the Pentatonic scale, morphs it into the major scale, then into its modes, and way beyond as well. It's rather eye-opening to see just how similar one scale or one chord progression is to another, how they're all functioning and how they interrelate.

If you're a composer, songwriter or theory book addict, you'll definitely want this in your collection as it demystifies a lot of material and answers a lot of your questions. You'll be able to tinker around with some really 'colorful' stuff after diving into this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a must have! 30 Nov. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides thorough explanation of the derivation of scales and modes. In doing so, it gives you that starting point you've been looking for to branch out.Through clear, very concise explanations you inevitably explore new areas that you would not have otherwise. Mine is tattered, stained and hunched over because I never stop going back to it for reference and new ideas. It is hands down a unique and user friendly alternative way to looking at music and internalizing its very core.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
modes modes and more modes 29 Mar. 2014
By jon reque - Published on Amazon.com
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very condensed 1 page is equivalent to a chapter. i found it a good reference and their is a handy glossary of terms some of which are unique to the authors. i am learning a lot and it makes me think. good intro to modal chord progressions and many modal and exotic scales. quite abit of a jazz slant on things.
Buy this book 12 April 2015
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...because it's awesome!
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