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Anyone working with Don Mock's Melodic Minor Revealed?

 
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Rob Mac
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:59 am    Post subject: Anyone working with Don Mock's Melodic Minor Revealed? Reply with quote

It seems a good, thorough book to me. I've just got to page 12, Transposing the Scale to Other Keys, which is a lot of work for one page, taking all five positions through the chord sequence.

I've used the melodic minor scale often in the past, a semi tone up from a dominant 7 chord, and as a way to move from chord I to chord IV in a blues, but I thought it was time to give it an in-depth study.

I can't really see the sequence in Example 8. Every time I think I have it, he trips me up. See the f natural in bar 3, for instance.

So, anyone else working with this book?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not, but it sounds great. Just ordered a copy from Amazon.

In Example 8, what mode of the MM over what chord is he demonstrating?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He is demonstrating an E melodic minor over an A7#11 - which is not the problem. He is giving an example of a repeating sequence, but compared to the other three sequences he shows, this one is not regular. I guess it is not an issue, after all why should a sequence be regular?

I'm sure you'll enjoy the book. Lots of Robben-style language in there.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK. I'll wait to get the book, and if I have any suggestion I'll share. Welcome to the board!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob,

Got it this morning. Just about the only thing I can say (which will be no surprise to you) is you're right -- Example 8 is not as rigidly sequential as the other 3 examples. Also, odd that it alone of the 4 examples also contains a bunch of notes outside the parent scale.

I wonder if there's a way to contact Mock on this -- seems like what he's doing here would be worth making more clear.

Tim
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Tim. I just noticed at the back of the book he says something along the lines of "you may have noticed I added in a few chromatic notes here and there throughout the book" (I am not at home now, so can't quote verbatim) -so why didn't he tell us that on page one?! I've been scratching my head trying to work out how is practice meets his theory.

Otherwise, it seems a good book...

Rob
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