M.A.M.I. music theory
derivation of the Matrix Approach...

Be prepared for creativity !!!
What it is...
The Matrix Approach to Music Improvisation is a different way of viewing music.
It is a guide to musical scalar implications and their potentially creative applications. 
M.A.M.I. (pronounced "mam-mee") is a concept which was devised as the result of years of experimentation 
and analysis in the quest to evaluate the melodic plus harmonic possibilities of subject scales easily, quickly, and logically. 
Developed basically to help eliminate musical "ruts" and expand a performer's improvisational boundaries.
For the sake of understanding, before we go further with our explanation about what M.A.M.I. is, let me tell you what it is not.
What it is not!
M.A.M.I is not a musical instruction "method".
It does not tell you how to play musical tunes, licks, lines or even styles. 
Not like me, or any of your favorite artists for that matter.
The Matrix Approach is somewhat of a departure from traditional approaches and thought processes!
 Plenty of great books exist regarding traditional "method" studies. 
I would not want you to purchase a M.A.M.I. Scale Atlas if you expect, desire, or need this type of instruction. 
Okay...so what is it then? 
The Matrix Approach to Music Improvisation is a unique system which gives you visual tools that can be used to create 
and improvise music regardless of style, independent of method. It can be used to support any method of study
as well as playing style, or ability level with the challenges of musical composition or improvisation.
Do I need to read music to use M.A.M.I.? ... No!!!
Because M.A.M.I. is designed to develop creative independence, it consciously avoids the specific limitations of traditional 
"method" based approaches and focuses on the logical evaluation and use of scales as well as modes. 
By using an eight -way integrated visual layout to fully explore the musical potential of these elements, the Matrix Approach 
allows related harmonies and melodies to be referenced and used creatively in your music. 
How does it do this?
M.A.M.I. is derived from three main principles: 
1. Melodic and harmonic movements are the majority of most musical compositional content. 
The power of harmony and melody in music can inspire us, provoke, and evoke our emotions throughout an 
infinite range when used consciously as well as creatively.
2. Scales and their modes form the basis for the generation of harmonic and melodic action. 
Conversely and given this fact, we can associate chords (harmonies) and lines (melodies) with parent scales 
for any given musical movement containing these elements.
3. The effects (feelings and emotions) generated by these elements are the result of a musical scale's sonic "palette". 
This can and should be controlled and used purposely. Just as a painter can convey, evoke and control feelings as 
well as emotions through the use of color in paintings a musician (composer or improviser) can do the same using scalar "color". 
This is important to note, as we then realize the boundless, infinite nature of music, which awaits our creation.
The Matrix Approach provides a logical and simple basis for understanding and interpreting scalar musical potential 
in terms of harmony and melody for the purpose of creative improvisation and composition. 
M.A.M.I. helps you find and use the material to develop your "own" tunes.
Your "own" lines, find your own "voice" within. 
So, break out of "ruts" and "bad grooves"...
Find new ideas, and stop playing like your teacher, or even like your favorite player:
Get a M.A.M.I. Scale Atlas...and become "your" favorite player!

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