Strange New Constellations

Difficulty level: Advanced | Two pages

If you move far enough from your home, the stars begin to form Strange New Constellations. It’s exciting but also a bit disconcerting – can you navigate these unfamiliar waters?

In this composition, that feeling of familiar elements in unfamiliar groupings arises from the use of the unusual lydian dominant scale. Unusual in classical guitar music at least – as Elissa Milne writes here in her blog, this scale is very familiar to most people from the Simpsons theme! The lydian dominant scale has an angular energy that sounds very fresh and contemporary.

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Strange New ConstellationsTwo pages.