Slonimsky's Thesaurus

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    Michael Lake
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    The full name is Thesaurus of Scales and Patterns by Nicolas Slonimsky.

    I first heard of this in a story about a book that Coltrane had with him all the time until it just fell apart from use.

    I took the perfect bound book I ordered to Office Depot and had them put a coil binding on it so it would open flat on the stand. It’s not exactly a book for trombone since it’s full of 16th note scales and patterns over a wide range and some very difficult intervals. But, if you isolate some of the patters and scales, and play them as eighth notes, you’ll discover some interesting things. Slonimsky adds full chords that the scales are derived from.

    https://www.amazon.com/Thesaurus-Melodic-Patterns-Nicolas-Slonimsky/dp/1258454165

    Michael Lake
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