SKU: HL.219937 Volume 1: Melodic Aspects of the Seven Basic Modes
. Consumer/Jazz. Softcover. Published by Sher Music Company (HL.219937).
ISBN 9781883217969. UPC: 888680669324. 9.0x12.0x0.846 inches.
The definitive, comprehensive explanation of both the harmonic and melodic aspects of flamenco! - FLAMENCO IMPROVISATION - Modal Improvisation and Melodic Construction in the Flamenco Environment by famed guitarist Enrique Vargas. *Published in three volumes, over 1,000 pages total - a monumental musical achievement! *Flamenco is based on a combination of an Eastern modal system (known in Arabic as Maqam) and Western harmony. These volumes give you an understanding of the intricacies of Maqam and the harmony its complex tetrachoral combinations generate. *Every scale, arpeggio and melodic pattern in these books comes with a corresponding guitar findering, since the guitar is the primary instrument of flamenco. However, the material can be applied to any instrument. *In addition, this series is a theoretical and practical manual for composers, improvisers, performers, arrangers, and musicologists interested in modal music in general, and/or flamenco modalities in particular. Before delving into the more complex, polytonal, tetrachoral modal structures of flamenco, Volume 1 explores the melodic and harmonic aspects of the seven basic Greek modes (Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian), even if they aren't bona fide flamenco modalities. In addition, the general rules of left-hand guitar fingerings are established here, to avoid possible confusion when interpreting the wealth of material offered in the second and third volumes. The fingering rules are much easier to understand when using the seven basic Greek modes as an example. In this first volume, the concept of symmentrical permutations is analyzed and explained and three types of symmetrical permutations are perfectly valid for musical instruments other than the guitar - one can play them and just ignore the guitar ginering symbols. Every harmonic aspect of the seven basic modes are explained - triads, seventh, ninth, and add chords, etc. Arpeggios and various guitar fingerings are given. One appendix gives a compendium of 72 licks, or melodic examples/ideas for improvisation, written in each of the basic modes. These licks are harmonized and each come with complete guitar fingerings. In another appendix, phrases are created by inserting various chromatic embellishments into the basic modes, as well as into different types of arpeggios. 387 pages.