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Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns

4.57  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Since its publication in 1947, great musicians and composers of all genres - from Arnold Schoenberg to John Coltrane - have sworn by this legendary volume and its comprehensive vocabulary of melodic patterns for composition and improvisation.
Paperback, 356 pages
Published December 11th 1975 by Schirmer Trade Books
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Craig Cunningham
Jun 15, 2011 Craig Cunningham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Slonimsky Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns is classic music literature. Jazz musicians particularly should find this text, because the text leads to ideas in understanding improvisation. Jazz musicians emphasize that John Coltrane studied this text in enahncing his improvisational genius. I studied music at Musicians' Institute in Los Angeles California. I then formally studied Jazz Guitar as a Music Major at the University of Southern California. As a child, I studied classical gui ...more
Noodle
Aug 09, 2008 Noodle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm only on page four or so, but this book portends to be a methodical and systematic exploration of every possible scale and pattern imaginable. It begins with synthetic patterns rather than traditional scales. This is great for guitar technique although it is intended for any instrument. I purchased this after watching Buckethead on youtube.com all night long. I really would like to be a good guitar player one day. Why not I've only been playing for nearly twenty years now. Maybe it's time to ...more
Gypsy Novela
Aug 27, 2010 Gypsy Novela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is the book Charlie Mingus studied before baffling his audience. very compicated and long, good for serious musicians seeking solace in improv.
Serge Pierro
Sep 08, 2012 Serge Pierro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The legendary book by Slonimsky is a must read for the serious musician. This is not a book for people who are unwilling to work hard, or unwilling to stretch their ears. When I practiced 12-16 hours a day, this was one of the books that I worked out of. "Intervallic Designs" by Joe DiOrio would be a good introduction to the use of this book, as it is shorter and more accessible and relevant to a couple of pages of this book. There's a reason why players like John Coltrane studied it!
Alex Delogu
Jul 07, 2014 Alex Delogu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As if I finished reading this.

An indispensable text book for patterns and melodic motifs. Technical and mechanical, maybe, but rich nonetheless.
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