What is the best scale to play over a CMaj7? Most people would say the C Major Scale, but George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept says otherwise. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the Lydian Chromatic Concept. This page can be read either as one continuous article from . Jazz Modes – George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept with Melodic Minor Scales from the Mixolydian (Sol), Lydian (Fa) and Locrian (Ti) Positions played.

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Others who have read it, met and studied with Russell, or who just appreciate brevity, find my synopsis refreshing. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. It should be noted that the current book presents these specific subjects far more extensively than in previous editions.

Lydian Chromatic Concept

Russell believed that dominant function was the driving force behind all harmonic motion. Its contribution is relevant in all stylistic genres of music and from all time periods.

Studies in the World of Musical Improvisationp. There are currently a small number of instructors in the United States, Europe and Japan who are formally certified by George Russell to teach the Concept.

So you have a choice of 22 different scales you can use to improvise over this one chord.

He has given seminars in this work around the world and has personally guided countless private students. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The reason this book was never published with a major publisher is because it was not written in a language discernible by beorge speakers, and if it had undergone necessary editing to make the point discernible any publisher with a fact checking department would have shut the project down for it’s many inconsistencies and what are either lies or stunningly negligent oversights.

Sure, 5ths are incredibly important in dominant resolution, but not really in construction of the cords themselves for notes that sound simultaneously. I want to come back because everywhere you’ll want to be, George Russell’s music will be heard.


If the chord is Minor, there is no simple universal rule. Miles took his musicians into the studio for the first of two sessions for Kind of Blue in March, I mean no disrespect to Russell or musicians who, like some of my friends, revere him.

Is the current revised edition dramatically different from the previous editions? Much more detailed and comprehensive answers to all these questions and the issues they raise are only made available in the book itself, properly presenting the knowledge within the context of each chapter and lesson.

The eighth tone in that series is a augmented root.

Therefore, the essential difference between these two scales is that the Lydian a single tonic scale is in a state of unity with itself, and the Major Scale, with its two tonics, is in a state of resolving.

Russell builds a prototype chromatic scale starting on the Lydian Tonic by stacking fifths, skipping the interval between the seventh and eighth tones. I’m going to give ruswel very cursory simplification for the answer because asking about Lydian Chromatic theory is just like asking about Set Theory or Serialism.

The Lydian Scale was not chosen as the primary scale for this system of music theory because it sounds nice xoncept has some subjective or historical significance. Which still doesn’t seem to have much justification. These things are now crystal clear. I rarely see productive conversations when people start using “cents” and “Hz” as you can quickly dissolve the geofge validity of any note.

The answers given here are designed to demystify some of the common misconceptions about the Concept while supplying information as briefly as possible. Russell’s theory has lydan far reaching effect especially in the realm of modal jazz. Amazon Music Stream georve of songs. For anyone interested in discovering more about “the Concept,” there is a forum online at www. He starts the book by declaring a problem with the prevalent form of music theory based on a “Diatonic” system.


Students of this work are able to adapt their own musical perspectives to the ideas presented by the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. And again this is because the Perfect 5th is the 3rd harmonic in the harmonic series.

Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization – Wikipedia

Jul 8 ’15 at But that’s not why this book is bad. We should not underestimate the extent of Russell’s enterprise.

Each Chromatic Order has seven principle scales. Many people outside of music are drawn to The Concept due to its objective view of tonal gravity. To this end, the fifth then establishes itself as the basic unit of tonal gravity whereby “a ladder of fifths proceeding upwards from the tonic That, in a nutshell, is the Lydian Chromatic Concept.

For example, if notes further up the circle of fifths e. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. The Concept does not disprove the discoveries and contributions of other musical theories, but rather explains where their truths rest in the context of tonal gravity.

Further, this concept doesn’t even mention dominant resolution. George Russell who at the time was working on his Co; 4th edition Language: I don’t have the book it costs a fortune on Amazonbut from what I know it talks about how would the music be, if it was built around the Lydian mode, instead of the Major scale.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. But this is also a bold faced lie. Use some type of lydian scale over any NON-diatonic chords. These principle scales along with most things in this theory are derived from the overtone series. Sign up using Facebook.

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