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Thread #95827   Message #1868370
Posted By: GUEST,Jack Campin
25-Oct-06 - 12:14 PM
Thread Name: Modes vs Scales
Subject: RE: Modes vs Scales
: I have seen recent books aimed at guitarists which list dozens of various
: 'scale patterns' - i.e. ways of placing pitches in ascending/descending order.

These are all derived from Slonimsky's "Thesaurus of Scales and Musical Patterns", which was intended as a reference for musicians working with atonal or highly chromatic music and was picked up by bebop-and-later jazz musicians as a source of ideas and practice material. (Unfortunately some of them seem to have thought it was a tune book...)

Foolestroupe (who is Joan Frankel, I think; at least they write in a very similar style) likes getting into a high dudgeon over this stuff.