“Around the Horn” by Walt Weiskopf. Can some of the brilliant musical teaching minds out there give me some input on using this book as my. Around the Horn: 21 Modal Scales and Arpeggios Every Jazz Musician Needs to Know. Front Cover. Walt Weiskopf. Jamey Aebersold Jazz Incorporated, Around the Horn 21 Modal Scales and Arpeggios Every Jazz Musician Needs to Know. By Walt Weiskopf Book Level: Intermediate / Advanced Item: ATH.

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I would love to see a few video lessons from Walt on how to use the book and apply it I was hoping to hear it was a good resource. Can some of the brilliant musical teaching minds out there give me some input on using this book as my primary workout for practicing? It’s a learning tool to help quickly define the mode, not primarily a melodic tool as far as I can tell, or as weixkopf as Walt ever explained it to me.

I also have “Around the Horn” and have had the same experience that Steve mentions; I’ll use the book a bit and move away from it because it seems hard to apply. Originally Hlrn by BenBrittonJazz. Also, its less useful to learn to drive a car if you don’t know when to waalt in or get out if that makes sense.?

My wife, whose ears I trust, said that my sound is much fuller, richer, more powerful and resonant on this set up. Bookmarks Bookmarks Digg del. He doesn’t substitute anything in the scales. Whether Walt’s exact version of the arpeggio will prove useful in your playing is up to your style and aesthetic, but knowledge of the modes, which is the object of salt book along with technical facility, will do wonders for your playing.


He has performed with a number of notable classical orchestras. Adam Rogers 3 Compound Note Groupings. A dynamic player with enormous technical prowess, Weiskopf is equally well-regarded as a composer, with albums containing predominantly original work.

InWeiskopf began a fourteen-year association with jazz pianist arounx arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi, making seven recordings and touring the USA, Japan and Europe several times with her orchestra. BassGuitarHornsKeyboardsVideos. I really like it. With organist Brian Charette, vibraphonist Behn Gillece and drummer Steve Fidyk, Weiskopf conveys his clear and straight forward message with the remarkable technical precision and a manifest knowledge of music audiences adore.

Walt Weiskopf (Understanding Chords & Scales) 1

The alternate notes in the arpeggios are much less melodic than they are an accentuation of the unique color in the mode. Walt discusses and demonstrates various scales and arpeggios that relate to the harmony so that you can improvise arlund through the changes.

So learn the head, memorize the changes and then work on different ths within the tune. Now I can dig in without worrying about the deviation in his arpeggiation of some modes. Saxophonist, composer and author Walt Weiskopf has made an impressive mark as both a leader and sideman with over a dozen critically acclaimed albums and countless sideman credits.

I think you are better to attack scales and patterns and theory by doing it in a tune or song. Is that a big deal or no? He took up his first instrument, the clarinet, at age 10 and began his saxophone studies four years later. Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph.

As a Veteran for Peace, I am already against the next war. I’m inclined to think it is and I like the way it is organized but I’m not an expert and am wary of learning from an unorthodox source. But not through me. He is actually outlining all 7 modes waly each scale, so you do get a lot of different colors.

The time now is This is just another way of teaching the color of each mode. Sponsored Links Remove Advertisements. I think the main point is technical facility and complete thhe of all modes of major, harmonic, and melodic minor. A Complete Approach to Overtones: It’s a great workout and a fantastic method for learning the modes. Weiskopf is also among the most respected authors in the field, and has penned seven books on various topics in jazz improvisation.


There is an optional PDF for this series which includes the embedded notation from the videos Walt transcribed all of his solos too! He does deviate from standard arpeggiation 1,3,5,7 and emphasizes the particular color note of whatever mode he is in.

InWeiskopf began releasing leader records that were all met with immediate positive journalistic acclaim and radio success. During this time, he began recording his own material. For example, on Lydian his arpeggio is 1,3, 4,7. Thread Tools Show Printable Version. Adam Rogers 4 Chromaticism and Polytonality. I tried working out of it a few times but never understood the application to real life playing so I always gave up on it.

Maybe I need to take another look at it. Originally Posted by Nefertiti. Especially qeiskopf arpeggios with different notes in them.

Walt Weiskopf – Improvisation Lesson – Understanding Chords & Scales (1)

Description Artist Product Description. So you understand not only the scale or chord but how it functions in the whole picture.

I would dig in and soak it up. If you want a deeper understanding of how to use scales over jazz harmony, this masterclass is for you. Those modes are the building blocks of melody, and in that way are an important foundation to improvisation.