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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For anyone interested in discovering more about “the Concept,” there is a forum online at www. And why are you stacking upward? Sure, 5ths are incredibly important in dominant resolution, but not really in construction of the cords themselves for notes that sound simultaneously. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

Lydian Chromatic Concept

The publishers seem to be very keen on protecting their intellectual property – as is their right of course – I think the only way to find out is to buy the book. If the chord is Dominant, use the Lydian Dominant scale. Skip to content Introduction A question or two: No, the reason this book is bad is because it’s information is bad, and the reason it’s information is bad is because Russell’s central premise is wrong.

We just see them for what they are.

The Major Scale is known as a diatonic meaning: I think you need a good knowledge of Western musical theory to make the most of this; but if you do, this could change your musical mind quite substantially. Yes, the point you made made me realize that my answer lacked some specificity – specifically relating to use of perfect fifths. 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.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Customers who bought this item also bought. I rarely see productive conversations when people start using “cents” and “Hz” as you can quickly dissolve the inherent validity of any note. Because the perfect fifth is the first interval introduced after the perfect octave, it is “thus established as the strongest harmonic interval” pg. The minimalist apparitions of the “New Age” will be curiosities of the past, understood as the unfortunate byproducts of primitive prescription drugs that dumbed and numbed a good part of the population.

Lydian Chromatic Concept – The Jazz Piano Site

So you have a choice of 22 different scales you can use to improvise over this one chord. There are currently a small number of instructors in the Ruszel States, Europe and Japan who are formally certified by Conceppt Russell to teach the Concept. For searchers like Miles and Coltrane and Bill Evans, and many in the generations that followed them, Russell’s theory provided a harmonic background and a path for further exploration.

What is the fundamental difference between the Lydian and Major Scale? See all 10 reviews.

Ted touches on this briefly on the chapter on learning the Overtone scale. These principle scales along with most things in this theory are derived from the overtone series.


Having finished this work, Russell is completing another volume on related elements which he has been simultaneously developing over the last several decades. If you’ve listened to jazz during the last fifty years, you’ve heard a good deal of George Russell’s ideas; he is one of the 20th century’s great originals and one of its bravest innovators. The art and science of tonal gravity Fourth Second printing, corrected, ed.

Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization

It is important not to conflate lydlan with tonality. Most people, since the creation of tonal music a few centuries ago, would answer: The Study of Counterpoint: Bach and Maurice Ravel are included in the current volume to reinforce the all-inclusive nature of tonal gravity.

Most students of The Concept tend to be composers, improvisers, and people interested in the analysis of already existing musical compositions. I do not apologize for this seeming over-simplification, since as a music teacher, that is my highest purpose and goal.

Is the current revised edition dramatically russle from the previous editions?

The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization

It requires zero premeditation gsorge analysis to use. If he had based his reasoning on higher harmonics, he should have ended up with Lydian b7. Miles took his musicians into the studio for the first of two sessions for Kind of Blue in March,