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Frickle Frackle

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Because I really wanted a minor Blues.

Copyright 2021 Victor Carlton Dillahay (BMI)


Grin

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A triadic melody with unexpected resolutions, too many solo sections, and my favorite drum groove in the outro. This one always makes me smile..

Copyright 2021 Victor Carlton Dillahay (BMI)


Half the Times I’ve Failed

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Written in a lesson to demonstrate writing to a prompt. Played on my early-2000s “Electric Memory” rig.

Copyright 2021 Victor Carlton Dillahay (BMI)


Kiddo

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A dedication to my Grandpa John. The melody is a tone row but it’s harmonized as a jazz ballad in E-flat. Grandpa would have loved this as he was both a lover of irony and completely tone deaf.

Copyright 2021 Victor Carlton Dillahay (BMI)


Laetitia’s Lost Chords

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As a teen in the 90s, I learned a Maj7 barre chord and promptly wrote “Song for Laetitia”. My dad always poked fun at its naive harmony so I reworked it with hipper chords. Years later I missed the original’s simplicity and inadvertent mixed-meter so I wrote them into this cut.

Copyright 2021 Victor Carlton Dillahay (BMI)


Penguin Eddie

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Eddie was a local bar-fly I met after a gig. He told me a tipsy tale of his exploits catching a penguin (“It was an emperor penguin!”) out of a zoo’s exhibit. I wrote this as a tribute to his brilliant comedic timing and syncopated phrasing.

Copyright 2021 Victor Carlton Dillahay (BMI)


Ricky Loves Lulu

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There used to be a bridge by Erie, Colorado with this graffiti on it. When the railroad removed it someone painted “Ricky Still Loves LuLu”. That deserves a song.

Copyright 2021 Victor Carlton Dillahay (BMI)


Serva Jugum

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Clan Hay’s motto, “Keep the Yoke” provides the title for this one. It’s a standard gopuccha yati cycle for the head and a funk waltz in the solo.

Copyright 2021 Victor Carlton Dillahay (BMI)


Smolkin’s Boogie

Smolkin's Boogie Leadsheet

Smolkin’s Boogie Leadsheet

Every instrumental guitar album needs a boogie. This one is just a bit confused about where it’s going.

Copyright 2021 Victor Carlton Dillahay (BMI)


Somewhere East of Omaha

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As my late friend Ward Harston put it: “That’s not really a rhythm.”

Copyright 2021 Victor Carlton Dillahay (BMI)


Reference Books

My previous book, the Thesaurus of Diatonic Sets, describes the relationships between the content of the subsets of the diatonic or other seven-note scales. It served that purpose well, but I soon found a basic flaw in its approach to pandiatonisim. It is careful about the set content but woefully lacking in concern about how sets move, treating all sets with similar content relationships the same. Resolving to the tonic triad from V {2, 5, 7} and IV {R, 4, 6} are the same in terms of set content, as both of these cadential pairs share one common tone while two differ. They are quite different in sound and practice, however, and it is an odd system that cannot distinguish between authentic and plagal cadences. The sets’ content does not tell the whole story, since the paths between sets are a large part of what define their relationships.

I had created a map with every possible destination but no roads. This book adds the roads. It lists the possible movements between any two subsets of a heptatonic scale in a simple to read diatonic movement vector.

 


Thesaurus of Diatonic Sets
(Curious Automata, 2013)

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The Thesaurus of Diatonic Sets is a guide to all of the sets formed by the diatonic or any other seven note scale. Every possible set is listed along with their descriptions, diatonic interval vectors, subsets, supersets, and sets which contain no common tones.

This book is ordered logically, starting by number of notes. Sets of the same number of notes are then grouped by intervallic content and each group is named for a common chord formed by it. These chords are then placed in order from those with the most evenly distributed intervals to those with the least. Finally, the sets in each group are listed by the root of their chord in order of scale degree, from I through VII.