The TONALITY REFERENCE GUIDE
THE TONALITY REFERENCE GUIDE is a one-page information sheet (at the beginning of a 45-page book) that outlines and explains our tonal system in a completely unique way, without the use of any written musical notation! And it’s not just for musicians who don’t read music (usually guitar players!!) --- it’s equally as valuable to musicians who DO read music because it outlines relationships in a simple, concise way. The notes that make up chords, scales, and even the elusive modes are all there to clearly see, making it a perfect learning tool for both students and teachers.
From my own teaching experience, it seems a lot of folks learn how to read music and memorize all kinds of traditional theoretical rules, but often at the expense of not really ever developing a solid grasp of the basics of tonal structure. Don’t get me wrong – all that stuff is great (!), but if you want to improvise, compose, or come up with great harmonies without all that trial-and-error guesswork, you need to have a handle on tonality. That’s all there is to it.
Once you see how simply THE TONALITY REFERENCE GUIDE is set up, you’ll have all kinds of valuable information available at only a glance:
1) All the Key Signatures
2) All the Major and Minor Scales
3) All the related Modes
4) All the different Chord Symbols
5) The notes that make up Any Chord you’d ever come across
6) The sequence of ‘built-in’ chord that exist within Any Given Key
7) Transpositions to Any Key!
Tonality is the one element that ties all the different styles of music together — jazz, classical, country, rock, YOU NAME IT! Slow or fast, loud or soft, a symphony or a single instrument, tonality is what’s at the at the very center of all ‘popular’ music in western culture.
Use THE TONALITY REFERENCE GUIDE to figure out what notes you can play to improvise over a particular chord, or to see what chords exist within a certain key to help you figure out a song from a recording, OR, for that matter, to check out what chords you can choose from in any mode to write your own song!