Aimed at all instruments, the Compendium is both a Dictionary and an exercise book, but is aimed at increasing one's facility to traverse the instrument and recognition of where the notes are. Its purpose primarily, because of the intervallic range of the exercises, is to get guitarists and bass players to see the neck as notes instead of visual shapes, but can be applied to any instrument.
It contains a Triad Dictionary of all Major, Minor, Diminished and Augmented arpeggios, plus 152 exercises built on triad permutations, permutation combinations, diads and more. Applying the 152 exercises to the 71 triads in the dictionary gives over 10,000 potential exercises! But these aren't just exercises - they are also a stepping stone to new melodic ideas that you may not have conceived before.
33 page pdf document download contains:-
- An 8 page Triad Dictionary containing all of the Major, Minor, Augmented and Diminished triad combinations played across two octaves, two ways:
- Ascending root third fifth, descending root fifth third
- Ascending root fifth third, descending root third fifth
- Additional pages of exercises combining various triad permutation exercises across 2+ octaves, all written in one key and to be transposed to the other triads in the Triad Dictionary.
- All written in treble clef.
- If you have an instrument with more octaves, then extend the exercises across as much of the available range as possible. You can also start on the lowest available note in each triad on your instrument and extend it to the highest. For example on a 24 fret guitar you can play from E to E in four octaves, so could play the notes of A minor (A C E) in four octaves starting on the low E all the way to the highest E.
- For the Triad Dictionary the goal is to work out the names of the notes in the triad first and then play those notes across the instrument.
- For the exercises the goal is to think of the note names without relying on visual shapes. You will end up happening to play shapes at the END of the process - but don't skip the note-learning stage. You will find this much easier if you are thinking of each note rather than trying to work out which shapes you should be joining together. If you don't know where the notes are on the guitar neck then this will help you to find them. If you need to say the names of the notes out loud then this can also help.
- If applying an exercise to a different triad, it can also be good practice to write out the exercise yourself with the triad applied to it and then read it from there. This will help you with your music analysis, writing and reading skills.
- The time signatures are purely there to fit each exercise into one bar for ease of presentation, but the exercises do not need to be played while thinking of the time signature, and don't even need to be played in time at all once you are working out the notes. The given tempo is a target speed to work towards once you have worked out the notes under your fingers, out of time.
- x means double sharp and bb means double flat.
The Triad Compendium - Treble Clef
33 page pdf document. Sheet music only, no tab