Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns by Nicolas Slonimsky
This is an exhaustive study of scales and patterns. It is based on dividing the octave into various numbers of equal parts. This study is not coming from any specific idiom such as jazz or classical but may very well be used in application to any idiom. It is a written enharmonically, no key signatures and can be used by all instruments. This 250 page book is a great source for new ideas for improvisation or composition. There are many references made to the masters in the studies and there is an explanation of terms.
Since its publication in 1947, great musicians and composers of all genres - from Arnold Schoenberg and Virgil Thomson to John Coltrane and Freddie Hubbard - have sworn by this legendary volume and its comprehensive vocabulary of melodic patterns for composition and improvisation.
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