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For the life of me, I can't find the original thread on SOTW announcing this book years ago (after 30+ minutes of searching) so I'm going to start a new one.

Got this from Dino Govoni in an email the other day,
"Man… digging practicing from this pentatonic book… killer!
Making my fingers play new ideas!"

I already knew that my Altered Pentatonic book was amazing for myself but it's cool to hear Dino Govoni who is a smoking player agree with me. This review is very cool! I'm hoping he will write a longer review but I'll take this for now.......

Here's a description:

"Any serious fan of jazz has at one time or another heard a solo where the line being played made them turn towards the soloist with a look of concern. “Where were they going with this line?” “What are they thinking?” “Do they know they are playing the wrong notes?” If you have been in that seat looking at the soloist you know there is a moment where you feel some nervousness and anxiety. “Those notes are not right!” we think. Then the soloist masterfully weaves the crazy line he was just playing into sweet consonance and harmony. Our nervousness and anxiety melts away and we feel at peace with the world. Yet our heart is still pounding with excitement as if we just got off the world’s biggest roller coaster.

The great players of jazz have learned the fine art of weaving in and out of a tonality whenever they please. It has the same affect on us listeners as riding a roller coaster or watching a tightrope walker performing sixty stories above the street. Those who have ears that perceive what is going on recognize the intricate balance of dissonance and consonance being played with by the soloist. Once we recognize it we are enthralled and unable to look away.

In “Mastering Altered Pentatonics”, we are taking the most benign of scales, the pentatonic scale, through the ringer. We are working on mastering it using twenty-nine scale patterns that we then alter to create new and fresh sounds that are far from benign. At times, they sound almost dangerous in their tension and dissonance. By practicing these altered pentatonic patterns and weaving in and out of them we are practicing the fine art of balancing our lines between consonance and dissonance while we improvise. The more adept we become at this balancing act the more exciting and entertaining our lines and solos will become. Inside, we will take the pentatonic scale through eleven alterations. Each one having it’s own sound and flavor. Join me in discovering a new way to approach thinking and playing while improvising that will lead you to discover new and fresh sounding lines. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I have enjoyed working on it.

By practicing these altered pentatonic patterns and weaving in and out of them we are practicing the fine art of balancing our lines between consonance and dissonance. The more adept we become at this balancing act the more exciting and entertaining our lines and solos will become.

Inside, we will take the pentatonic scale through eleven alterations. Each one having it’s own sound and flavor. The book is 368 pages long and in all 12 keys. It comes with a 49 minute overview video lesson of the book where I talk about and demonstrate the concepts from the book on the tenor saxophone.

Join me in discovering a new way to approach thinking and playing your lines that will lead you to discover new and fresh sounding lines. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I have enjoyed working on it." Steve

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By the way, this is a more advanced book. I've only gotten a couple of reviews on it because I think it is geared towards more advanced players that are interested in exploring new concepts and creating their own lines from the work with the book. If you already have a good foundation with pentatonic scales then you can go nuts with this book and it will open up your mind to new ideas and sounds.
 

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The 368 page book also includes a 49 minute video lesson that goes with the book as well as a 38 minute bonus lesson that comes with an added bonus 36 page PDF of 24 altered pentatonic variations in all 12 keys. This bonus material is for a limited time only.

 
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