The Everything Sheet

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Wednesday / May 8, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street

What if you could represent all harmonic or melodic possibilities on one sheet? You can! All harmonic and melodic combinations fall into 18 diatonic and 69 chromatic fundamental structures.

The everything sheet enables one to see how any lick, scale fragment, or chord is among these structures and to see how it relates to others in the same category. In a sense, it is a form of data compression that helps deal with the limitations of the wetware between our ears. Most importantly, the everything sheet is valuable in structuring one's practice time in any style of music by clearly and concisely representing all that there is to practice and allowing the student to focus on the specific elements necessary to achieve his or her goals.

In this clinic, we will take a quick tour through all the fundamental musical structures and see how they apply to real-world examples in jazz, rock, and other styles.