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Voicing Modes is a book for all guitar players who want to master their modal comprehension and ability. Focuses on a chord-voicing approach to hearing and practicing modes. For comping, improvisation, reharmonization & composition. With detailed explanations, reference material, tune examples, and 8 modal etudes. 153 pages. YouTube links for performance examples available.

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Noel Johnston


“Noel Johnston is a great musician and, in this book, demonstrates that he understands the order in the harmonic universe!”

-Dan Haerle (Legendary jazz educator, pianist, author)


“Musicians of all types will seriously benefit from the melodic and harmonic concepts presented in Noel's book. It unlocks several mysteries, and then some! It takes the age-old 'what scale goes with what chord?' question into outer space and answers it from there.”

-Mark Lettieri (Guitarist, Snarky Puppy)


“...his new book is the fruit of decades of obsession and depth at a topic about which so many of us thought there was little more to understand. Noel is the single most profound person I've ever known on scales and modal voicings. He is capable of everything from gentle, immediately helpful musical revelations to outright 'I could spend the rest of my life plumbing the depths of what you're telling me' ones. No matter where you are in your knowledge of scales and modes, there is more than enough here to immediately add color to what you do, as well as to be a reference work until you die...probably from lack of exercise and improper diet. Speaking of which, his food analogy makes loads of sense and helps keep things accessible. Highly recommended. Get it. Dive in right now, then return to the well anytime you need a new drink.”

-Mark Cuthbertson (DFW session guitarist, educator)


"Okay I just cracked open Noel Johnston's new Voicing Modes book. In my head I was like 'I get it, I took lessons with Noel, I know modes and stuff.' NOPE -- I'm on page 5 and I'm already looking at things differently. For real, if you're a musically curious person (in particular if you play guitar, but not exclusively) this is what you want.

-Chris McQueen (Guitarist, Snarky Puppy)