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However, Weiskopf’s way of manipulating diatonic intervaplic pairs helps the improviser to create lines with characteristic shapes, with high densities of texture and with intentionally vague harmonic colors that according to Liebman could be considered as twelve-tone characteristics. The lower staff shows the trombone part. The notes in the original melody that conflict with the new accompanying chords are crossed. The cover art and liner notes are included for a CD.

It’s immediate value is that it improves your dexterity, running triads and inversions up and down the horn is just good practice, but you will also find that it opens up your playing and leads to different note associations than you intervalic normally make.

Because they can easily be identified as fragments of existing diatonic, octatonic and whole-tone scales they contain the danger of emphasizing obvious tonal elements instead of moving beyond them.

Do you like the artist? Likewise the performers applying his operations discussed in Hexatonics are expected to rely on their informed intuition in order to find their way through the wealth of possible melodic and harmonic possibilities with this actual method. Examples from my compendium of generative patterns from the Tone Clock, discussed in subchapter improviisation.

Although Bergonzi does not discuss any relations to twelve-tone techniques, some of his patterns can be considered as one half of a twelve-tone row. Add to watch list Add to wish list.


By signing up you consent with the terms in our Privacy Policy. Both lines contain the improvisaion pairs G and A, intervaklic in the first, the note e in the A triad is changed to an f. Practice freely combining the various transpositions and rotations [rotation, transposition].

The term tone rows is not used in the traditional sense of a set of twelve pitches with strict serial principles, but to express that these lines are not based on diatonic or modal scales, but on successions of pitches that are ordered by intervals. The next example shows the embellishment of the scale of F major.

The triad pairs in bars 1, 3, and 5 sound really different but, as the chords written above bars 2,4, and 6 indicate, they all refer to the C octatonic scale.

Intervalic Improvisation by Walt Weiskopf

In the following example the C triad in root position is followed by the same triad in displaced permutation. Remarkably, all authors consider their models as an addition to existing chord-scale improvisation. Therefore these steps outside the pre-given chords should always go hand in hand with patient and conscious ear training. In addition, these theories and techniques are illustrated by selected examples wekskopf and audio excerpts and by examples of applications by various musicians, including the author.

Intervalic Improvisation – A player’s Guide

The connecting intervals between the triads are not only half steps, such as in bars 4 and 9, but also whole steps, such as in bars 15— The remaining five trichords are symmetric and contain the same distances between the pitches: Small exercises constructed with random selections helped them to develop their awareness and hearing of the interval combinations.

His model does not specify the intervals between the trichords that result from his triad operations. As a consequence it is left to the discretion of the individual artist to decide which tonal references can be associated to which triad combinations. Start of add to list layer. Consider writing about your experience and musical tastes.


The latter ascends back to the C triad in its first inversion that ascends to the Db triad in a displayed permutation of its root position.

The second example is my trichord analysis of the theme. As to the aesthetic aspect of his approach, I consider it an inspiring tool that enables a performer to create infinite quantities of interesting sounds by manipulating a relatively small number of basic intervals, rows, and operations. This can again be played in any position, but one should avoid repeating the same position of the previous triad. Originally Posted by TMadness Please click here to start media.

His most obvious ordering principle is that all triads wat be ordered at distances of minor seconds, imprrovisation he does not apply this strictly either. However, particularly in the initial stage of mastering these techniques of intervallic improvisation, performers should be able to hear and play the distinct trichords clearly before they start blending them ikprovisation members of the other trichord families.

Intervallic Improvisation: The Modern Sound

Close X Music Lists. Both in his examples and in his practical instructions, he thoroughly addresses the twelve-tone operations of transposition, rotation and extension. At every attempt, I felt challenged to find a meaningful balance between its formally correct application and my spontaneous responses to the surprising tonal colors it inspired. The sizes of the intervals in the trichords range between a minor second and a perfect fourth.

Practice root position trichords chromatically in various directions [transposition].