This baroque French composer begins his suite with a truly iconoclastic representation of Chaos, every note of the scale of D harmonic minor
chugging away in earth-shattering chords.
The one-thousandth lesson was "The Modes of the Harmonic Minor
Scale" from Jody Fisher, a southern California jazz artist who has played virtually every style of music professionally.
Included is a chart of scales by group: major modes, melodic minor modes, harmonic minor
modes and special scales.
Tastes are evoked vividly through various musical devices (for example, harmonic minor
seconds for sour lemons and high, dreamy sounds with sustained pedaling for fluffy angel food cake).
He points out that the augmented second in harmonic minor
scales presents an uncomfortable stretch when played with the traditional fingering.
Exotic flavors include Spanish dance rhythms and the "Arabic" harmonic minor
scale, while triplets often contribute the impression of speed and facility.
Intended for the beginning pianist, the book presents fingerings for major and harmonic minor
The pitch content is primarily diatonic except for necessary alterations for harmonic minor