Thank you so much for your interest and any / all of your support over these many years.
This is my first post on this new site format and I want to try to clear up a couple of things about my intentions for the M.A.M.I. Concept.
What M.A.M.I. is.
Also to provide some areas of value that I perceive using such a resource for study… plus teaching… that it can bring to its users.
The most basic point that I continue to emphasize is that M.A.M.I. … neither the concept, nor the content… represent a “method” of study: but actually exist and are intended for use to be REFERENCE materials.
More specifically, the concept represents the foundation for the M.A.M.I. integrated NOTES, CHORDS, + SCALES chart diagram reference materials: FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSISTING CREATIVITY!
In my opinion, every grouping / combination of notes can serve to create some idea of musical interest… whether melodically, or harmonically… given tasteful experimentation.
So while there are many methods… and incredible ones (please understand that I’m not judging “methods”, nor the value of this type of study by saying what follows)… what I’ve instead specifically tried to do with M.A.M.I. was / is NOT to say strictly “play this, over this, this way”.
But instead to just literally present note groupings… in the form of scales (and such to effectively serve as “musical palettes”), along with a detailed system of immediate visual analysis… for these groupings.
Ultimately the purpose / point of M.A.M.I. is to foster and encourage easy creative experimentation: such to potentially help you find new, fresh, unique ideas and approaches to your instrument, as well as to be able to purposefully incorporate these sounds, moods and spirits into your music compositions.
I feel that anyone can use and incorporate M.A.M.I. into their studies and teaching… and perhaps should try to… even if to a minimal, infrequent degree: as it becomes possible to open one’s ears and to begin to create some really organic musical ideas by engaging in such studies.
Personally, I find excitement in finding new musical colors, flavors and ideas. If you listen to my sample diatonic scale audio compositions, it becomes easy to hear the unique, distinct and often interesting… and perhaps useful… musical character awaiting discovery inside EVERY note grouping / “scale”.
This circumstance of this potential is exactly the point of both the existence, plus use of M.A.M.I.
Unfortunately many people become thrown off from M.A.M.I. at first glance, because it LOOKS complex and ‘unmusical’.
But the beauty of M.A.M.I. “musical scale atlas” note, chord, scale chart diagrams is that they can “meet you where you are” and support any level of ability, or musical knowledge.
For students with even no music knowledge, nor theory training, it is possible to begin scale experimentation by literal hand placement: using only the ‘note chart diagram’ (the topmost M.A.M.I. visual element) as a guide. In doing so… especially in conjunction with hearing the corresponding diatonic scale audio demo… one can learn and create instinctively and ‘organically’ by simple “feel”.
However the powerful combination of the other integrated visual elements and descriptive texts guides can help to enhance the creative studies… and teaching… of even the most sophisticated musical minds.
So while M.A.M.I is a reference that can surely be accessed by every level of musicianship, undoubtedly, literally: the more you know, the farther you can go with… and by using… it.
In my experience, a potential M.A.M.I. user’s instrumental skill level and even their basic knowledge of music theory form far less relevant factors than the simple, burning desire to be creative and to CREATE… as opposed to just play… music.
Over the years, I’ve witnessed that the common thread between the people who use M.A.M.I. has nothing to do with “level”, nor even knowledge of theory: but instead a shared spirit… and with me as well… such to actively seek to create on, plus creatively learn, experiment, plus find new, flavors, sounds, ideas and paths to music on on their instrument.
That’s it. This simple motivation being at both the root of the M.A.M.I conception and its use!
Regardless of your desire / choice to use M.A.M.I. as a reference, I wish you all the success possible in your musical… and life’s… endeavors.
Hopefully you’ll find enjoyment, inspiration, plus creative self-expression in your playing and then ultimately spread your gift to us all.
Richard “Spock” Armstrong