The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. George Russell’s book, The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, first published in , was. Instead, George Russell came up with his own theory which he called the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organisation. Now, there’s something interesting. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the Lydian Chromatic Concept. This page can be read either as one continuous article from .

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When discussing this theory you need to dispense with chromatlc harmony. The other music will be explained as the unfortunate byproducts of primitive non-prescription drugs that dumbed and numbed everyone else.

A question or two: Russell believed that dominant function was the driving force behind all harmonic motion. What would be the most natural scale to play over a CMaj7? These ideas are critical to understanding the significance of this theory, and are too involved and concelt to post on this website.

Tonal gravity is the heart of the Lydian Chromatic Concept. He recorded Milestones with Coltrane on April 3,and both men felt liberated by the new harmonic philosophy. I would like to thank Maestro Russell, whose genius and perseverance created this tonal wonderland. It should be noted that the current book presents these specific subjects far more extensively than in previous editions.

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The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization

What are the extra-musical considerations of the Lydian Chromatic Concept? Students of this work are able to adapt their own musical perspectives to the ideas presented by the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. If you could sit down and write stuff like that out Retrieved from ” https: I don’t have the book it costs a fortune on Amazonconncept from what I know it talks about how would the music be, if it was built around the Lydian mode, instead of the Major scale.

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Lyduan work postulates that all music is based on the tonal gravity of the Lydian mode. No art form or theory is complete without some basis in psychology and spirituality.

George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization

The Major Scale is known as a diatonic meaning: Are there any connections drawn in Tonaal Concept between music and psychology? The harmonic series is the most natural expression of sound at its fundament. Since the interval of a fifth is the building block of tonal gravity, a seven-tone scale created by successive fifths establishes the most vertically unified harmonic order whereby the gravity falls down each fifth back to the singular Lydian tonic.

John Coltrane’s modal jazz is usually analyzed using Russell’s method. So nothing in his justification of Lydian refers to any higher harmonics than the interval of a perfect fifth. In the Course of Performance: There is no “goal pressure” within the tonal gravity field of the Lydian Scale. These things are now crystal clear.

The publishers seem to be very keen on protecting their intellectual property – as is their right of course – I think the only way to find out is to buy the book. A must for the serious musician. For instance, to construct a C Lydian scale one could list the first seven tones on the circle of fifths starting with C, the desired Lydian Tonic.


And again this is because the Perfect 5th is the 3rd harmonic in the harmonic series.

Lydian Chromatic Concept

For example, if notes further up the circle of fifths e. The root note is C. The Lydian Chromatic Concept does lydiwn prefer the Lydian scale because it is “more closely aligned to the harmonic series than the major scale”.

Does a student of the Concept have to abandon their already existing knowledge of Western music theory? Studies organizationn the World of Musical Improvisationp.

Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization – Wikipedia

Many people outside of music are drawn to The Concept due to its objective view of tonal gravity. At the time modal jazz I eventually plan on getting the book, but I’ve also tried to learn about it from other sources and they have been really lacking in basic information about it. Lydian Chromatic Concept Theory basically asserts that the lydian scale is more closely aligned to the natural, universal properties of sound than the conventional major scale. Starting on the C that gives us: