So here it is at long last I am letting it out into the wild!
Finally filed for the patent, that was my benchmark to letting go.
I can no longer use that as an excuse not to share it!
There is a lot to unpack here and I plan to do just that as time permits.
I intend that it is helpful to anyone desirous of learning certain music theory concepts.
It has a lot to offer in this regard.
In particular, the relationships of notes and how those can be utilized to work together in harmonious expression.
I have some videos posted of how to use it on my youtube channel.
Some basics to get started.
Links to my youtube videos.
How to use the sonique spiderweb to build chords.
How to use it to make scales, major and pentatonic examples.
How to use it to learn and find the name of the notes on a guitar.
As well as an overview of its many features.
Some information about the sonic spiderweb
From the advert.
What is this thing we are looking at?
Who has devised such a mechanism for capturing the attention of musically inclined persons to satiate their thirst for notational music theory?
How does it impart its wealth of information so practical to the study of music?
When can it be used to further musical aspirations?
Where can I get one?
Welcome to the Sonique Spiderweb.
This machination of musical mystery and perchance mastery has been developed over many years and has taken many forms to reach this present iteration!
I have personally put my own hands to work at the task of making this device as useful and easy to employ as possible. I call myself guitarbeau!
With in its dodecagonique shape lies an amazing ability to clearly display in alphabetic form the names of musical pitches found in a mode scale or chord and transpose that information in a snap with a twist or a turn!
This will become evident as we delve deep into its angular lines and tangental appearance to discover pragmatically proffered, perfectly possible potentialities and prudently practical purposes.
The Sonique Spider Web has been constructed in just such away as to not require alternative energy sources to operate, it can be put to use at a moments notice. No wait time, no boot time, no file search, no extension cord needed.
Obtaining it can be as easy or as complicated as you might prefer.
Order one from guitarbeau.com
As it is hand made and requires some time to assemble it is priced exorbitantly see the website for that information.
Or make one yourself with a printable pdf on display at the top op this article that contains all the musical data available for display but with out all the particularly spectacular tantalizing features that make the Sonique Spider Web such a fascinating choice to explore!
Though you could develop your own perspective on those features, I’ll share my technique should you want to go that route.
With out further ado let’s spin this thing and see how dizzy we get!?
THE SONIQUE SPIDERWEB
So there is an abundance of information available here on this 8.5 by 11 inch cardboard invention.
Starting with the outer perimeter.
We have surrounding the sonique spiderweb 12 intervals or scale degrees designated at 12 equal distant sections making a dodecagon or 12 sided shape.
These interval designations are:
the ROOT, a minor 2nd, a Major 2nd / 9th, a minor 3rd, a Major 3rd, a Perfect 4th / 11th, an augmented 4th or diminished 5th, a perfect 5th, a minor 6th, a Major 6th / 13th, a minor 7th, and a Major 7th.
These are the 12 intervals or scale degrees used to define the spaces between musical notes from a root note.
Moving from an interval to another interval can be described as moving in steps.
Either a half step to an interval right next to it.
Or a whole step, to an interval separated by another interval or scale degree. This is a teaching paradigm that I don’t use very much.
inside of the outer perimeter
The next segment of the sonique spiderweb has 7 common modes or scales indicated with in it at specific intervals.
These modes are based on a Major scale and each begin from a subsequent interval of the major scale.
These are designated as:
Ionian: A major Scale begins from a root note
Dorian: A natural minor scale with the 6th interval or scale degree 1 half step or interval higher. Begins from the major 2nd interval of the ionian major scale.
Phrygian: A natural minor scale with the 2nd interval 1 half step lower. Begins from the major 3rd interval of the ionian major scale.
Lydian: A major scale with the 4th interval 1 half step higher. Begins from the perfect 4th of the ionian major scale.
Myxolydian: A major scale with the 7th interval scale degree 1 half step lower. Begins from the perfect 5th of the ionian major scale.
Aeolian: A natural minor scale. Begins from the major 6th of a the ionian major scale.
Locrian: A natural minor scale with the 2nd and the 5th intervals both 1 half step lower. Begins from the major 7th of the ionian major scale.
at the heart of the sonique spiderweb
The inner section of the sonique spider web has the musical alphabet indicated on it in sequential order.
Also indicated are key signs that correspond to the note or notes named in this version these are in the treble or “G” clef.
The note name section of the sonique spiderweb can be rotated to allow for transposing a scale or chord into another key.
sliders hiders blinders deciders
This feature really gives the sonique spiderweb its splendiferous capacity!
Just underneath and at the edge of the sonique spiderweb are movable sliders that can be used to hide or allow the display of the note names of the musical alphabet.
For example: to display an Ionian major scale use the sliders to hide note name data on the inner section:
at the minor 2nd, minor 3rd, augmented 4th/diminished 5th, minor 6th and minor 7th intervals,
and display note name data at the Root, major 2nd, major 3rd, perfect 4th, perfect 5th, major 6th, and major 7th intervals and voila the notes to any major scale
For example with a C note displayed or dialed in at the root we have C,D,E,F,G,A,B.
A C major scale. if you’re an astute observer you will also see the various other modes are like wise displayed along with the major scale.
This is because these other modes are found with in the Ionian major mode or scale!
With a simple turn of the inner web we can dial in any major scale in any key.
but wait theres more!
But that’s not the only scales we can display!
Using the sliders we can display a variety of other scales. All we need to know is which intervals are used in a given scale.
For example to display the notes of a major pentatonic scale.
Utilize the sliders to allow the display of a root, major 2nd, major 3rd, perfect 5th, and major 6th.
And hide all of the other intervals with their associated sliders sliders and voila! A major pentatonic.
Choose what key to play in by turning note name segment so that the desired pitch appears at the root position.
can you display chords? yes you can!
Chords are possible too!
Want to work on major triads. Display a root, a major 3rd, and a perfect 5th, hide all other intervals and dial in the root note you want to work with.
Want to add a minor 7th reveal the note under that slider and add it to the chord voila!
Want the major 7th instead a simple swap of slider position at the corresponding intervals, et encore voila!
What about something esoteric like a F#diminished 7th chord I discovered whilst playing we are the champions by queen.
This neat chord can be played from any interval and look like itself on the guitar fretboard and use the same notes albeit in different positions.
At least that’s how it occurs to me.
the intervals involved are: a root, minor 3rd, dim 5th, major 6th.
Look how it appears on the sonique spider web, we have root interval open going clockwise 2 intervals hidden, another the minor third open, continuing
clockwise 2 more intervals closed, then the diminished 5th is open, then 2 more intervals closed, the major 6th open, then 2 last intervals likewise closed.
A step and a half betwixt each pitch evenly positioned yet sonically amazing can you believe it.
there will be more to come
So those are the basics basically. Moving forward there will be more opportunities to study and put the sonique spiderweb to use that should provide a lot of fun.
The handle to operate the rotatable inner web may be different than displayed here.
the sonique spiderweb
a music theory teaching aid to display alphabetic note name data and inter-relationships betwixt that data. shipping is included. please allow 3 days for processing. its just me doing it all. I will respond within 24 hours though with confirmation.