Each Diatonic Modes Drills book contains a special fingering chart entitled Key of A 12- Note Set (or Key of D, Key of G, Key of C depending upon the instrument) that correlates with the book Basic Music Theory. Basic Music Theory clarifies all basic concepts of music literacy and brings to light definitions of music terms that help every student to achieve full literacy.

The cover of Diatonic Modes Drills shows all the instruments for which it has been published.

Benefits of the Study Cycle and Diatonic Modes Drills

  1. Key signatures are referenced with diatonic fingering charts.
  2. Diatonic fingering charts specify alternate fingerings for certain key signatures.
  3. Tetrachord structure of each mode is emphasized by the rhythm of the scale.
  4. Half step locations are clearly marked in every scale and tetrachord.
  5. The scales are performed in order of “brightest to darkest” — mode color becomes an integral part of scale perception.
  6. Seven scales for each key signature are learned — eighty-four scales total.
  7. LA scales can be altered to accommodate harmonic and melodic form.
  8. Ensembles can use chord-progression drills from the book.
  9. Keynote plus half steps equals mode. Scale audiation is enhanced.
  10.  The individual musical “colors” of all seven modes are learned — not just two.
  11. The “inversion intervals” (perfect 4 th , major 6 th , minor 6 th ) are learned and emphasized as they are frequently missed in melodic performance.
  12. Fluency with tetrachords results in fluency with improvisation.

The vast majority of music that an elementary, intermediate, or advanced musician will play is diatonic in structure. The possibility of chromatic, twelve-tone, whole-tone, and diminished form music is always there; however, with diatonic fluency achieved, a foundation is established, better enabling the student to understand non-diatonic structures.