Forgive my ignorance, for I have just joined the forum as well as just began reading the LCCOTO. Being an aspiring musician, I too, am struggling with the "Concept" and the original question (above).
I must refer to page 53 of the text regarding GR's reference to tonal gravity wherein he states "...in order to accommodate the evolution of the five main Western chord types (major, minor, seventh, augmented and diminished), the Lydian Chromatic Scale skips the seventh fifth (i.e. the interval of a fifth from B to F# in the key of F Lydian). As a result of this transition from the uninterrupted ladder of successive fifths, the Lydian Chromatic Scale is also referred to as the Western Order Of Tonal Gravity."
This appears to be the only reference I have seen, so far, regarding the lapse of the progression of fifths, as illustrated. Of course, I'm only into Part II, chapter IV. In any event, I was immediately grabbed by this blip in the sequence at first glance. It disturbed me then that there did not seem to be an explanation. (Let's face it, Chart A early on in the text is rather intimidating). Even after reading the statement on page 53, it made me more confused. I thought to myself, what does "in order to accommodate..." mean. My first question was, has he co-opted his theory? Again no explanation. Don't get me wrong, the man is amazing. His explanations are well stated and in easily understandable terms, but occasionally, it begins to levitate into an "outgoing", if you will, manner.
One more fundamental concept I have struggled with (in this early stage of the game) is going into the Lydian Mode III on page 26. Previous to this, in Mode I, II and VI, the sub-principal chords were built on the modal tonic (C being the Lydian tonic) of C, D and A, respectively, using intervals of 3rds. However, beginning with Mode III (E) this pattern is no longer used. The Lydian parent scale is used with the III (E) in the base and it is a Major Mode IIIB. Now, in my "Western" mind I'm thinking E would create a minor chord. What really bugs me is, here again, there is no transition. It's like opening the doors in the Matrix.
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