"The Book of Altered II - Extensions & Dimensions
" (77 pages)
“The Book of Altered II- Extensions & Dimensions
" is the follow-up and expansion of the first “Book of Altered
” (available here), the main focus of which was the usage of material from three different Melodic Minor systems within a typical minor ii-V7-i cadence. The so named “ACE
” ii-V7-i formula, which refers to the letter names of the trio of Melodic Minor Scales, is once again featured here (ACE in your FACE
The bVI7-V7-i sequences in each key expands upon the concept found in Book I, in that the basic material used for the sequences here is a Melodic Minor derivation – the Pentatonic b6
. Unlike the Maj Pentatonic, which has no tritone, the resulting tritone contained in the Penta b6 allows it to work well on altered dominant chords (7 #9 b13).
Also presented here is the concept of resolving a V7alt
to a tonic Major 7+5
chord , building it from the 3rd degree of Melodic Minor (Lydian Augmented). The I Maj7+5 chord (C-E-G#-B) is often used as a substitution for the more common tonic Maj7 or Maj7#11. In the case of the C Maj7+5 in the example above, its parent scale, A Melodic Minor, contains the #11 (F#), as well the +5.
The practical and study material contained in "The Book of Altered II - Extensions & Dimensions
" goes hand in hand & arm in arm with the material in the first "The Book of Altered
". With both "hands and arms" available, one can dig much deeper!