~ about the author jacmuse ~

~ the stars aligned, so I get to pass the word ~

About Jacmuse. Loving music from the beginning and numbers and math too, my studies in music over the five decades or so now have brought me untold joyous discoveries, friendships, challenges and created a place for me in many communities for bringing folks together with the musical arts. Pairing formal bookwork schooling of the art of Bach and Coltrane, with the full spectrum of expression of guitar and bass guitar, my art spectrum of aural colors and range of Americana swing rhythms encompasses our full spectrum of styles.

University training. The stars aligned for me back in the early 80's and I was able to attend formal university music school in upstate New York. As a novice player, with no other formal music schooling, the learning opportunity that I was afforded is beyond measure. And as faithfully as I can, I have reconstructed the basic principles of that university curriculum in this e-book.

At S.U.N.Y Plattsburgh, as an 'arts' major, my own curriculum became history, theory, jazz guitar, performance, Bach and Coltrane. This work is intended for all musicians who would also aspire for a university learning opportunity.

After graduating in 1984, a new life of adventure outside the music classroom became the new classroom for my life's learning; Alaska. As my own curiosities perked on and on, and with my university background, I began to re-discover how the now ancient pitches are brought to life today. That by weaving through the theories and histories of the pitches, rhythms, tuning, melody and styles, a story of the Americana musical arts unfolded.

Formal teacher training. I was further stoked by formal teaching training at UAA in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1985. In one class, we discussed the possibilities of writing curriculum with the new web based, interactive technology. In my case, this allowed for any music 'theory' musings could be heard in musical pitches, and included with notation into the text. Voila ! This e-book.

The writing of this book. To write such a book, on that is partly self directed, in part becomes possible thanks to the 'perfect closure' we can apply to many of our components and theories. For example, think of the piano keys that loop our 12 pitches, often up to seven complete times, so seven octaves.

When broadly applied to the musical components these pitches create; the scales, arpeggios, chords and rhythms, the 'perfect closure' principle insures that our theory queries balance out, by always looping perfectly back to whatever point we started. We know our music theory 'math' is then golden.

Music and math. An early love of all things numbers as a kid at this school, got me started later in life in the theory relationships between the musical notes and our basic numbers of intervals, cycles of pitches and key centers.

For example;

'C D E F G A B C' becomes '1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8'

The 'movable one' arrives. Numbers count our histories, measure pitch intervals and set in stone label each one, the half step / whole step formulas for scales and modes; the unparalleled musical chord kaboom with the tuning solution to the 12th root of 2, 1.0594631. There's One, of numerical chord progressions, the diatonic '3 and 3', numbered color tones of 7th's and 9th's and beyond for blues and jazz chords.

So there's just a lot of numerical ways into music theory. And as it is for so many fields of study, that a love of numbers can become the catalyst for a lifelong journey of discovery and learning about music, empowering me to see numerical coincidence and magics at near every step along the way, of a grander scheme to pursue, still do :)

This e-book. With hyperlinked vocabulary words to describe and label 2500 years worth of music art components, that today is still represented by 1000 year old notation symbols, here linked to mp.3 audio playback of the written music, the new 'tech' brings this 'music / math theory' story together into an audio theory e-book.

Rather evolutionary in regards to the music education curriculum of the 1980's, we can learn a music word, hear what it sounds like, and then explore the various ways it's knit into our Americana styles and genres, is really beyond cool and for some, will take them on into the realm of a super curious generator of discovery and creator of endless evolutionary sparks that can bring their own new art creations to life evermore.

For all interested in music. This three dimensional presentation of ideas creates a wide inclusiveness for all learners and all lovers of all musics. That one's own curiosity finds a way in, and once engaged, linked topical discussions reveal pathways to explore through the history, the organizations and systems of pitches, that we have all shared in common for the last couple of millennia.

A love of reading and books. Beyond super lucky that in elementary school I learned how to read the written word in English. I later dabbled in French too, and there got some new word syllable rhythm magic that I think turned out to rhythmically swing just fine, and a got me beret. So all along in my own studies, books have been a foundation and a love to read, of most anything :)

Here's a couple of stacks of music theory and history books that influenced my writing of this book. Bach to Coltrane, East to West and North to South, the spiritual energies of love that moves all art forward !

"These books, and your capacity to understand them, are just the same in all places. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing."

wiki ~ Abraham Lincoln

In this building. We educate to better our lot in life and in doing so the lot of our community. And in public school buildings such as this, we as a community build education programs for the betterment of all. This is my public elementary school, Shubert School. which I attended grades one through six in the 1960's. Special thanks to; Mrs.'s Daymond, Hartman, Bowen, Favata and Surillo, and Mr.'s Hodges and Lipschitz.

In this building. We educate to better our lot in life, and in university buildings such as this, we as a community build education programs for the betterment of all. This is the John Myers Fine Arts building at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, where I achieved a B.A. Arts, in 1982.

In this building. We can learn to educate those who are interested, and gifted too, in university buildings such as this. This is the University of Alaska Anchorage Fine Arts building, where I achieved a State of Alaska public school music teaching credential in 1987.

Karma Helix 1995, on stage at UAA. A collection of songs I wrote for the seven chakras, colors included and all based on releasing the energy as we move from our red root on through yellow, to orange, to green, to blue, to violet and our indigo purple crown. Once song for each chakra color which combine together and bring the joy of living a musical life.

1 / root
2 / sacral
3 / solar
4 / heart
5 / throat
6 / 3rd eye
7 / crown


Karma Helix band featuring;

Jacmuse / guitar

Bob Andrews / bass

Chuck Henman / drums

Sandra Calvillo / Muse and percussion

additional compositions


"These books, and your capacity to understand them, are just the same in all places. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing."

wiki ~ Abraham Lincoln

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