Bruce Arnold's Total Modal

Total Modal thoroughly examines the theory, harmony and application of 19 essential modes and scales for composition and improvisation. This intensive study program will provide a comprehensive framework for composing melodies and hooks, improvising over any set of changes, superimposing scales, creating progressions and constructing chords for any musical application. In short, Total Modal is the definitive scale and mode application resource.

Video Introduction

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About the Guitar Lesson Plan

Interactive Video Guitar Instruction

The 19 scales and modes covered are: Ionian, Dorian, Dorian b2, Phrygian, Lydian, Lydian #5, Lydian b7, Mixolydian, Mixolydian b6, Mixolydian b2 b6, Aeolian, Locrian, Locrian natural 2, Jazz Minor, Harmonic Minor, Altered, Diminished, Symmetrical Diminished and Whole Tone. In short, every essential scale and mode necessary for composing and improvising across rock, blues, jazz and popular music.

Your Total Modal professor is Bruce Arnold. Bruce runs the guitar programs at Princeton University and New York University, hosts the Summer Jazz Workshops in NYC, and is one of the most respected and prolific educators in the business. Arnold also composes, records and performs worldwide with a long list of top artists.

While you will certainly learn the fingerings and positions for all 19 scales and modes, in all keys, Total Modal goes much further than any “scale/mode” course on the market. Every scale and mode is demonstrated in a musical context to illustrate their "colors" and characteristics.

The course includes a JamBox filled with 100 vamps for practicing every scale and mode in every key. Over 60 charts spell out every position, as well as the Diatonic and Diatonic 7th chords that stem from the scale or mode, in every key. Most important of all, Arnold unlocks the application of each scale and mode so that you can immediately start applying the information in your playing and composition.

About Your Instructor

Bruce Arnold

Bruce Arnold As an educator, Bruce Arnold has taught at some of the most prestigious music schools in America, including the New England Conservatory of Music, Dartmouth College, Berklee College of Music, Princeton University, New York University, New School University, City College of New York. Mr. Arnold is also the director of the New York University Summer Guitar Intensive, a program focusing on advanced improvisational skills. Of the hundreds of summer guitar courses offered in colleges nationwide, this is the only one to offer college credit and Mr. Arnold’s hand picked faculty reads like a Who’s Who of New York Guitar Players and Educators.

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What you Get:

Video software (Windows and Mac) with TrueFire's Lesson Player, PIP, full-screen, looping, slow motion, plus...

  • - 118 Minutes of Video
  • - Practice Rhythm Tracks
  • - Text Commentary
  • - Tab and Notation
  • - Power Tab  


Intermediate to Advanced

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