Nicolas Slonimsky’s groundbreaking archive of scales, patterns and exercises is now available for guitar.
Originally released in 1947, the Nicolas Slonimsky Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns is one of the most prized music books ever published – cherished by such greats as Arnold Schoenberg, Virgil Thomson, John Coltrane and Freddie Hubbard for its comprehensive vocabulary of scales and patterns ideal for invigorating compositions and improvisation.
First published as a piano based book, this new title for guitar has been specially arranged by Dave Celentano to retain the spirit of Slonimsky’s work while presenting it in the most useful manner possible for guitarists.
Taking the most guitar appropriate examples from the original and revered tome of music knowledge, Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns for Guitar is the perfect book for lead players, soloists and guitarists seeking the expand their chops or break out of a rut.
Whether you’re a Jazz guitarist, Metal player, Djent aficionado or interested in extended techniques and advanced music theory regardless of the genre, this is the ideal book for you. Break out of the standard Blues and pentatonic scales with chapters ranging from tri-tone scales covering one octave split into two parts all the way up to Sesquiquinquetone patterns that span eleven octaves in twelve parts!
An audio CD of examples and backing tracks is included, along with downloadable MIDI file versions to help players get to grips with the ideas and concepts within the book and its exercises.
Frank Zappa is one of the most notable guitarist fans of Slonimsky’s original book, who used the immense knowledge and variety of its contents to invigorate his already highly developed approach to the instrument. The legendary Jazz Rock composer-guitarist even met and played with Slonimsky who he greatly admired.
Check out Nicolas Slonimsky talk about his avant-garde affinity with Frank Zappa below:
For guitarists who want to reach for the next level and beyond in their playing, Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns is an essential purchase.