Book 3: “MODERN PENTA-, HEXA-, HEPTA- AND OCTATONIC SCALES IN THE FLAMENCO MODAL LANGUAGE”
by Enrique Vargas
This book deals with new scales in the flamenco modal language. Some of these scales, such as the diminished, wholetone, overtone or hexatonic symmetrical, come from modern classical or jazz. Others, like the Japanese pentatonic scales Hiro-joshi, Kokin-joshi and Kumoi-joshi (or Hindu pentatonic), as well as the diatonic anhemitonic pentatonic scale, come from ethnic modalities which are external to flamenco.
The harmonic implications of these scales is analyzed. Their application in the flamenco environment is explained. These explanations are illustrated by numerous melodic examples, both original and by renowned flamenco artists.
The concept of modal substitutions is introduced. Modal polytonality is explained.
The notion of replicating dominant scales by minor thirds and tritones is introduced and various ways to resolve a tritone are explained.
This appendix contains a collection of 110 licks in modern penta-, hexa-, hepta- and octatonic scales. Each lick is harmonised and comes with detailed guitar fingerings. However, when the guitar fingering symbols are disregarded, they are perfectly valid for any melodic instrument.
This appendix is a complete thesaurus of vertical and horizontal guitar fingerings for every modern penta-, hexa-, hepta- and octatonic scales in flamenco, in every flamenco tonality.
Each lick is recorded with harmonic accompaniment and bass, and can be listened to at AudioLicks
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