the lydian chromatic concept of tonal organization: the art and science of tonal gravity

  • Lydian Chromatic Concept Update: new video "The Consonant Nucleus" split-screen Performance and Transcription - Lydian, Lydian Augmented, Lydian Diminished Scales

    A new video of me playing my original compositions of the first 3 Lydian Chromatic Concept Scales from my "Seven Vertical Scales" album is now live on YouTube on Chris Bandy's channel! It captures a split-screen where you see me performing the instrumental works from the solo piano album live on my 1924 Steinway "M" on the left, and a note-for-note transcription scrolling on the right.

    You can follow along by watching the music notation to get a better idea of these first three scales in the Western Order of Tonal Gravity.

    Notation and video produced by Chris Bandy, and original performance live stream concert produced by me for TransMedia Sound and Music, my production company.

    The Lydian Scale, The Lydian Augmented Scale, and The Lydian Diminished Scale are part of the nine-tone order called "The Consonant Nucleus" for their chord-producing qualities, which encompass the five fundamental chord categories of Western Music: Major, Minor, Seventh, Augmented and Diminished. These are the first three of a set of songs that explores the Seven Vertical Scales of the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization—a tribute to the Concept’s creator, George Russell. A future video similar to this will feature the remaining four Vertical Scales: The Lydian Flat Seventh, The Lydian Auxilliary Augmented, The Auxiilliary Diminished, and the Auxilliary Diminished Blues Scales.

    Here's some info about what you'll see in the playlist, with this new video in the first position:

    The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (LCCOTO) resonates supreme at the epicenter of George Russell's prodigious life work. This innovative band leader, influential composer, legendary educator and philosophically profound master of music devoted 50 years of tireless, purposeful development in forging and generously disseminating his visionary theoretical system. Maestro Russell's singular world-renowned theory reveals an objective, illuminating vista of interrelated and boundless insights into what music is telling us about its own innate nature and reciprocal architectonics.

    Andy Wasserman's primary aim is to maintain the integrity, authenticity and purity of George Russell's life's work by dedicating the transmission of its invaluable innovation explicitly as Russell and his wife Alice Norbury Russell intended it to be shared - thereby respecting and honoring his monumental legacy for future generations. Andy Wasserman has been continually active as a teacher of "The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization" since 1982 when he was designated by George Russell as a certified instructor, authorizing him to teach Russell's "Concept" in it's entirety. He was an editorial assistant to Maestro Russell from 1980 until Russell's death in 2009.

    Andy offers customized online private lessons to students around the world via video chat, phone and email. Information about Andy Wasserman's authorized Lydian Chromatic Concept private teaching online lessons for students around the world can be found at this link:

    This is a unique opportunity to hear the tonal magnetism contained within each of these three Vertical Scales of the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization and what they sound like in a musical setting, from the most ingoing (Lydian - 7 tone) to Semi-Ingoing (Lydian Augmented 8-tone, and Lydian Diminished 9-tone). It is tonal gravity in motion:

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  • MUSIC COMPOSITION UPDATE: 159 new works for solo piano written and performed in the last 6 months for live stream concerts and recordings

    I've composed, arranged and performed a total of 159 new original compositions for solo piano during this last six-month period. Scroll down this blog entry to view the database of new pieces created for performance during 21 live stream concerts ("The Listening Experience"), listed by date, concert theme and composition title. Last week's detailed blog article AT THIS LINK tells the story of my 25 consecutive live stream concert events with in-depth information.

    These compositions are also listed on my Live Stream Page, featured in the song set list for each live stream concert in a gallery of text panels you can scroll through on the bottom of the live stream page.

    There is no way this level of creativity could have occured without the universal inspiration from George Russell (my composition mentor) and his enduring, prodigious Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, for which I am eternally grateful.

    The January, 2021 issue of The New York City Jazz Recordincludes a music review written by Jazz author, poet and musician John Pietaro of my "PoleStar" live stream solo piano concert (December 13, 2020), appearing on page 5 in the NY@Night section. Read a copy of the article by CLICKING THIS LINK.

    Here's the compilation master list:

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  • Private Lessons



    40 YEARS TEACHING EXPERIENCE; teaching online since 2010 to students worldwide!


    Interactive, personalized instruction on the internet, customized and tailored to your level, musical taste, preferred stylistic genre and goals!
    Advanced and high-tech online teaching studio with state-of-the-art audio, video and software teaching tools.


    Musical artist and educator Andy Wasserman has been giving private music lessons online since 2010 with highly interactive, customized and personalized programs of study via video chat in real-time for students around the world (all ages and all levels). Click THIS LINK to find out more about his online lessons within this website.

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    Andy Wasserman's Music Curriculum:


    PIANO - beginner, intermediate and advanced levels; all styles: Jazz, Classical, Pop, Standards and Showtunes, etc.
    DRUMS AND PERCUSSION - beginner and intermediate levels; drum set: all styles; West African and Afro-Cuban percussion
    ELECTRIC BASS - beginner level; all styles: Rock, Pop, Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop, etc.
    DIGITAL MUSIC TECHNOLOGY - Music Software, Keyboard and Synth Programming, Electronic Drums, Looping, MIDI, Recording, Mac/Windows
    MUSIC AS THERAPY- instrumental lessons for Special Needs individuals of any age or level


    MUSIC THEORY - foundations of theory for arranging, improvising and composing; creating your own arrangements for all styles of music
    COMPOSITION and ARRANGING- beginner, and intermediate through advanced levels
    IMPROVISATION- beginner, and intermediate through advanced levels on any instrument
    RHYTHMIC TRAINING - for all instrumentalists and vocalists


    Click TRACK button to get current and upcoming live stream concert updates for Andy Wasserman music events at Bands-In-Town

    As of May, 2020, Wasserman works with 20 to 30 private students per week. He provides customized online music lessons to students around the world via video chat, phone and email. Please visit PIANO LESSON CITY, the companion website dedicated to Andy Wasserman's distance learning lessons for in-depth detailed information.

    For students in the Northwestern New Jersey area, he travels to their homes to provide the most convenient and satisfying music education experience.

    When students work with Andy, they benefit greatly by working with someone who is not only an educator, but a full-time professional musician who is involved in the creation of original music and continually focused on the evolution of his own artistry. Andy communicates that intensity of dedication, which in turn inspires and motivates his students to move forward. Music is a total commitment. The aim is to be able to hear it, then play it. This "emotional intelligence" helps a student become an artist, not simply a musician.

    AWheadshotHandOnFaceWEBFeel free to CONTACT ANDY to set up an appointment for an interview - which is free of charge and without obligation. At that time prospective students will receive a detailed policy regarding registration, tuition fees, payment schedules and lesson logistics. Scroll down this page to read testimonials from students. Scrolling further will reveal in-depth information about his courses, outlined by instrument and subject.

    As a full time professional musician and educator with over 35 years of teaching experience, Andy approaches every student as an individual regardless of their level. He does not have a preconceived rigid program or use a "cookie-cutter" plan that plugs a person into his methodology. Instead, he sees each student - regardless of age or level - in relation to their potential, addressing the student's own interests and goals and adapting to their strengths and unique talents.

    Wasserman's mission is to nurture, motivate and inspire the innate talent within each student. This is achieved by creating a unique program of study that leads to the fulfillment of their complete musical potential. He shares an enthusiastic dedication to his life's work in music, creating a fresh and vibrant atmosphere during the lessons by meeting the challenge to find what is most productive for each student. This educational philosophy allows room for experimentation in terms of course of study, books, and curriculum content. The goal is to allow the student to tap into the positive emotions and mindset that fuel the fire of passion for learning through the joy of music making.

    Unlike many other professional musicians who teach, he not only enjoys working with the advanced student, but is humbled and honored to be working with children with no previous experience. This is evident in the comfortable learning atmosphere he creates that fosters the development of a love and appreciation for all that music making can enrich our daily lives.

    The study of a musical instrument accelerates the growth of intelligence and establishes a keen sense of personal discipline while nuturing the valuable virtue of patience. By focusing the mind on listening and calming the nerves, music making is one of the healthiest outlets for self-expression, balance, creativity and joy - key ingredients in the development of SEL (Social and Emotional Learning).

    Additionally, Wasserman has had great success teaching music to those with special needs of any age, including those with developmental or neurological impairment, especially children with autism, Asperger syndrome, ADHD or learning disabilities. For more information, CLICK THIS LINK to browse the "Holistic Music Healing" page on this website.


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    "Why study music with an very experienced, highly qualified, life-long music educator and professional musician when you have unlimited access to "learn music" YouTube videos and try teaching yourself?"

    The answer is this:

    Music is a deep and worthy subject to pursue.

    A deep subject must be studied deeply.

    A worthy subject must be studied in a worthy manner.

    In order to pursue music in an enjoyable, fulfilling, creative, connected and authentic way we must make a sincere intention and commitment to the process of learning as we grow to know it.

    To do that, we must study it correctly.

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    Lessons in Piano

    The piano is Andy's primary instrument.

    He has been playing piano for over 50 years and took formal lessons for nearly 30 years from a variety of highly experienced teachers. Wasserman passes along to his students the rich and diverse knowledge that he was fortunate to receive from his stellar mentors Anne Bacon Dodge, Dwike Mitchell, George Russell and Jeannette Giguere. As a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, Andy is well versed in a multitude of stylistic genres - yet many of his students come to him for his experience and expertise in Jazz, Blues, improvisation and the ability to create arrangements for solo piano.

    Click THIS LINK to learn more about Andy's professional career as a pianist.

    Andy's original approach and time-tested teaching methods place emphasis in these indispensable areas of music pedagogy:

    • developing a masterful piano touch with a full range of dynamic expression by working with gravity and relaxation
    • recognition of patterns in music; understanding the theory of music as a language
    • rhythmic training: how to count solid, steady beats in even and odd meters; develop rubato, swing, shuffle and syncopation time in different tempos with special focus on note sub-divisions
    • how to become a better listener and gain confidence in playing songs by ear: "if you can hear it, you can play it !!!"
    • using the piano as a creative activity for self-expression and inner, emotional awareness
    • establishing a vast piano repertoire in a variety of styles and genres
    • understanding how to play as a member of an ensemble, rhythmic section and in jam sessions
    • techniques for working as an accompanist - either of your own singing or for others
    • learning the many preparation and rehearsal skills required to feel comfortable and confident in order to enjoy performing your chosen repertoire in public - for family and friends, holiday celebrations, music recitals, talent shows, etc.

    Lessons in Drums and Percussion

    AWalexDrumLessonWEBThere is an ancient wisdom expression that says that the only thing a person can do to truly help their fellow human being is to improve their rhythm. Of course, this axiom relates to rhythm in the most general sense, such as the "bounce" in someone's step or the rhythm of their daily life.

    Andy brings a high level of discipline to his student's rhythmic training, mixing technique, playing by ear and note reading. He specializes in Funk, Hip Hop, Rock, Pop, Alternative, Jazz and Afro-Cuban styles structured for beginner through intermediate level students of any age.

    His unique methods reinforce the musicality that can be expressed on the drums beyond just keeping time or playing grooves. He is currently working on an instructional book that explores the underlying universal rhythmic code that structures all rhythmic patterns.

    As a multi-instrumentalist, Andy often accompanies his drum students on piano, keyboards and/or his electric bass. This helps them to learn to hear what a "rhythm section" sounds like and how it works.




    • Drum student and performer in his school bands from 5th grade through first year of college.
    • Accepted to the High School of Music and Art (Manhattan) on drums and orchestral percussion.
    • Drummer in various rock, blues and jazz bands in the New York City area ages 12 - 17.
    • Performed and studied orchestral percussion (timpani and mallet instruments) in grades 7 through 10.
    • Performed in many New York City Fifth Avenue holiday parades on snare drum in Boy Scout marching bands.
    • Decades of private and group study on non-Western hand percussion, drum kit and electronic drums.
    • Over 35 years of performing drums and percussion in his World Music Experience arts-in-education concerts

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    Lessons in Composition, Arranging, Theory and Improvisation

    Andy Wasserman is an accomplished BMI composer and arranger (click THIS LINK to read more about his composition background and experience) who also gives private lessons to aspiring musicians who wish to create their own music. He welcomes beginners who are new to composition and/or arranging, as well as the more advanced musicians and songwriters who have already begun to craft their own music.

    His current roster of composition students consist of very motivated and inspired budding composers in elementary school, middle school and high school grade levels, as well as adult students and professional musicians.

    Private lessons in composition very often include instruction in George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization - the art and science of tonal gravity. Maestro Russell was Wasserman's composition and theory professor at New England Conservatory of Music. This "Concept" is easily assimilated by students who have little or no previous study in traditional Western music theory. The fundamentals of music theory are essential to the study of composition, and "The Concept" is a map that explains what the music itself is telling us about it's innate structure.

    Click HEREto read more about Andy Wasserman's work with the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization

    Wasserman's composition students are encouraged to find their own voice, their own message, and their own story. He gives them the tools that work best for them to break down the barriers between their musical truths and the expression of those truths. His students in arranging learn how to arrange either original compositions or already existing repertoire from any stylistic genre in pieces for any instrumentation, ensemble or vocal group. Notation software is also taught as the latest way to create your own professional sheet music.

    Andy Wasserman specializes in teaching his students the meaning behind the music through traditional Western music theory and George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. He includes quite a bit of theoretical information in his instrumental lessons but is also working with a few students whose entire focus is the study of music theory.

    Additionally, Andy teaches musicians how to improvise and express themselves freely and with originality on any instrument. The two disciplines of music theory and improvisation go hand in hand. Think of music theory as learning how to speak a language and improvisation as then deciding what it is that you wish to say in that new language.

    A student must be an advanced beginner on their instrument and at least 9 years old in order to pursue these subjects.

    Anyone can learn how to improvise within any style of contemporary music, but the art of improvisation is often best suited in the context of Jazz - American's indigineous improvisational music.

    In this study the student learns to listen and build phrases that communicate a coherent, simple and clear meaningful musical statement while exploring rhythmic invention. Andy gives you the tools to build your own improvised sound with a time-tested method of teaching from the perspective of self-expression and creativity. After all, that's what improvisation is all about - and music theory gives you the map with which to navigate your journey of exploration. These lessons can be of tremendous help to aspiring songwriters and composers in mastering their artistic and aesthetic judgment as well.

    Lessons in Digital Music Technology

    Andy Wasserman instructs his students in the art and science of using digital music technology in the most creative and productive way. Designed as an individual track of study or incorporated into lessons in compostion, arranging, theory, improvisation, instrumental music, recording and production.

    As of 2017, it is practical and extremely economical for anyone - at any age and at any level - to incorporate the current digital music technology into most phases of music composition, production and even performance. The tools that a musician can use on a daily basis are more readily accessible and affordable than ever. At the heart of the digital music techology is the personal computer.

    Wasserman has been using a personal computer in his music creation and production since 1986 when he started with the Macintosh Plus, Mark of the Unicorn's Performer version 1, Sound Tools version 1 (which later evolved into today's most popular recording software "Pro Tools"), Finale version 1 and the Akai S900 digital sampler. He has adapted to the myriad of upgrades in technological evolution that have taken place in the last 22 years and now uses a the full spectrum of currently available digital music hardware and software suites to be as creative as possible. Click THIS LINK and scroll down that page to read about Andy's current work in the field of Music Technology.

    Andy's teaches his students how to create and use their own digital music workstation with a simple computer and keyboard interface. He then instructs them in the applications of musicality in the following disciplines of study:


    learn the art of notating your charts, lead sheets, compositions or arrangements by using software that allows your printed music to look professional, clear and accurate.


    learn to use music sequencing software along with a MIDI keyboard to assign different instruments of the band, choir or orchestra to different MIDI channels and hear back your music as an ensemble.


    take advantage of the full spectrum of digital music tools to structure, produce, record and notate your own music.


    learn to incorporate digital music technology into every phase of your production, from conception to the final CD or MP3 files for the internet


    learn how to build your own affordable and professional sounding home workstation and mini-studio to record, edit and master tracks for both acoustic and electronic music.


    any instrumentalist can use digital music technology to help them use notation, recording and production in their practice routines and performance techniques, including ear training and rhythmic training.


    there are many software programs available today to help students of music theory master the fundamentals and hone their craft.

    Take Music Lessons in Real-Time Online via Video Chat


    Andy teaches students outside of New Jersey through a high-speed internet in his recording studio for personalized, one-on-one webcam private lessons via real-time streaming video, audio and file sharing

    This online distance learning can be accessed using your choice of the free call service platforms Skype video conferencing for face-to-face webcam streaming. Your lessons can be recorded during the call and archived, stored on your device for future reference. Or if you prefer, we can communicate via phone calls and email too.

    Wasserman's studio configures an Ethernet-wired connection, two Hi-Def webcams (switching views between face and Steinway grand piano keys) a studio condenser microphone and Pro-Audio USB interface for smooth, superb sound and picture.

    Andy has 3 free services available by request to supplement the video chat for an enhanced learning experience: the whiteboard web program, with audio, document upload and text-chat functions for charts and sheet music (Andy draws on whiteboard in real-time during lesson with Wacom Tablet); music notation software file sharing, and cloud storage for custom video and audio practice files he produces individually for each student.

    CLICK HERE to send an email directly to Andy for more details on his one-on-one, distance learning private lessons, as well as CLICK HERE to view a page on this site dedicated exclusively to his REAL-TIME ONLINE LESSONS:

    Interactive and personalized instruction on the internet, customized for you!


    • Quality of the teacher:  Most educators agree it is better to have Skype lessons with an excellent teacher than it is to have in-person lessons with a less qualified teacher.
    • Searching for the best match to suit your needs: Seeking a new teacher using Skype broadens the search possibilities since choices are not restricted to one's local geographical area.
    • Connecting with the right teacher: Skype gives students the opportunity to find the best teacher whose expertise can help them attain their goals.
    • Added benefit of Recording the Lessons: While students always have the option to record their in-person lessons, it rarely happens. But students can easily record Skype lessons for review at a later time with digital recorders or free apps that plug into Skype during a video call.
    • Immediate Practicing: Long-distance students can practice immediately after the lesson when ideas are fresh and when energy levels are still high.
    • Warming Up: Students can warm up on their instrument and review their assignment right before their lesson, and have the advantage of playing their own instrument during the Skype lesson.
    • Increased student performance:Research studies have found that people tend to be very focused when interacting via webcam with minimal off-task distracting behavior during the lesson.

    Click THIS LINK to visit Andy Wasserman's PIANO LESSON CITY website dedicated exclusively to his online music lessons!

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    A 2015 testimony from an adult study who takes weekly long-distance private lessons online:

    Andy:  I want to thank you for the time we’ve spent together at the piano during our weekly online Skype video chat calls. I’ve enjoyed listening to the audio I record to document our weekly lessons while driving my car each day. You’re really a gifted teacher and although I’m one of your new students, you have already given me a sense of calm, confidence and excitement when playing the piano and/or composing. I’m very thankful to have been exposed to both you and George Russell’s “Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization.”