Truefire - Robbie Calvo's The Modal Alchemist
The Modal Alchemist completes Robbie's trilogy of courses focused on the modal approach for identifying tonal centers, building chord progressions, and crafting compelling solos over virtually any progression. In Modal Expose, Robbie showed you the seven modes that live within the seven notes of a major scale. He then revealed how major, minor, dominant and diminished arpeggios and chords are built from those seven notes and modes within that key. Using Robbie's simple "modal" formula you learned how to quickly grasp the underlying harmony of any chord progression. To ice the cake, Robbie showed you how to apply your newfound understanding of modal harmony to improvise melodic lines seamlessly across any set of chord changes, in any progression, in any key.
All without tedious theory, boring exercises or greek rhetoric. Your head exploded with epiphanies and your playing has never been the same since. But you wanted more...
In 50 Modal Licks You MUST Know, Robbie filled your modal bag with 50 tasty, extremely versatile Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian lines and moves that you could also call on over countless progressions in any key. This new modal vocabulary further expanded the palette of colors you paint with when improvising in any style. But you wanted more...
If you've worked through both of those courses, or are already familiar with modal harmony, then you are good to go with the Modal Alchemist. Fair warning ... the teachings conveyed in the Modal Alchemist will likely lead to a total conversion thus alienating your friends and bandmates who still swear by the pentatonic and blues scale.
In the first section of the Modal Alchemist, you'll learn how to craft fresh-sounding progressions and rhythm parts for each of the seven modes, and then how to improvise over those progressions, soloing over the changes and melodically emphasizing the tonal characteristics of the source mode. You can use these teachings to compose with, arrange with, accompany with, or improvise with over any changes, in any key, in any style. This bears repeating... any changes, in any key, in any style.
The second and third sections of the Modal Alchemist will blow the roof off your head. Robbie shows you how to employ diatonic chord substitutions and how to superimpose the modes to exponentially expand the colors, textures and moods that you'll be able to craft with your compositions and improvisations.
As with all of Robbie's courses, you will play your way through the curriculum -- no tedious theory, no exercises, no greek -- everything is tabbed and notated (PowerTab and Guitar Pro included), and you get killer rhythm tracks to practice with on your own.
Riches beyond their wildest dreams await The Modal Alchemist.