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The Jazz Theory Book Spiral-bound – June 1, 1995
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I think the best audience for this work consists of players who have mastered the "basics of their horn" and are ready to move into the "real world" of jazz improvisation and writing. However, even beginners can get into the book and I'd bet there are some masters out there who could learn a trick or two from it.
Many of the ideas presented here may have been printed before, but I've never seen them all together like this, never seen them related to each other like this, and there's lots and lots that this musician at least had never conceived of before. Reading it was like opening my eyes for the first time in the morning. So much of what I had listened to for years suddenly became explicable.
Do you want to know what to do with that B-flat alt chord in the "Real Book?" Want to know how pentatonic scales can build over various chords? Want to know why it somehow sounded right when that V chord resolved down a major third instead of a fifth? Read this book.
Other topics: Coltrane's changes -- modal scale theory -- a whole section on using melodic minor scales to basically reharmonize every which way but loose --- be-bop scale theory and great gobs of four-bar examples (properly notated in case you can beg borrow or steal the original record) -- playing "outside".Read more ›
For many years, a lot of the "Jazz" educational material on the market was either antequated by the time of publication (remember going into music shops to find "modern" piano books that would teach you how to play stride version of Honeysuckle Rose and the Maple Leaf Rag?)... other books contained misleading information, or some of the better ones required technical reading skills (as well as hand spands and chops) that few Jazz masters themselves were known to possess (!) - - Finally, over the years, a few breakthroughs... two of the earliest that come to mind would include books by David Baker and John Mehegan. - - But most of us still wondered, "When is somebody going to write *the book* ?" - - ...finally someone did.
The publication of this book has launched Jazz education into the modern era... Very readable, well presented, modern, practical, never over academic or esoteric, and requiring the most minimal amount of reading of musical notation possible - - and written for a generation raised on Miles Davis and John Coltrane not Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong (as great as they were.)
Combining this book with the right listening, hands on playing (check out some of the Aebersold play-a-longs) and the right fake book...Read more ›
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If you interested in opinion on content and not text construction, then you don't need to read this comment. Read morePublished 6 days ago by joeb
Great book. A bit challenging for me, though. Be sure to read it piano in hand. I wish there was a repository of all the figures, for when you don't have an instrument to follow... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Adoemon
A very comprehensive book to get your jazz chops up to a high level. The examples are written for piano but if you are a guitarist, like me, the concepts are universal and workable... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kit Grenon
This is it. This book has all of it in one place. There are no short cuts to performing jazz. Take your jazz as deep,as you want to go with this book.Published 1 month ago by MtRainier
This is a complete guide to playing and understanding jazz music. However, I would not recommend it to a complete music novice. You will get lost.Published 2 months ago by andrew
Got thus for my college course class. Very informative book, alot of food topics in this book to read aboutPublished 2 months ago by ABailey
I bought from Amazon Spain. Splendid book. You should mention my purchusing "Music Theory for the Bass Player" the Ariane's Cap book, from amazon Spain.Published 3 months ago by Antonio Ferreira Lobo
Very good info,easy too understand it's a very good book..Published 3 months ago by Charles Fletcher