The Jazz Theory Book
The most highly-acclaimed jazz theory book ever published! Over 500 pages of comprehensive, but easy to understand text covering every aspect of how jazz is constructed---chord construction, II-V-I progressions, scale theory, chord/scale relationships, the blues, reharmonization, and much more. A required text in universities world-wide, translated into five languages, endorsed by Jamey Aebersold, James Moody, Dave Liebman, etc.
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Should be on the required reading list for any music student majoring in theory and composition. It will totally change the way you look at music theory - and bring it into the realm of usefulness in real time.
I have read other Jazz theory books - and most of them read like a darned math textbook. Not this one. You can actually sit down at the piano and figure stuff out in a way that it will stick with you. I spent 45 years of my life trying to learn improvisation. It was not until I read this book that the real magic began to happen and for the first time in my life I can actually consider myself a real musician.
I have a masters in music theory and composition. Yet having read this book I was amazed at what I didn't learn in traditional music theory classes. Colleges and universities should be ashamed for doing such a lousy job of teaching this subject.
CHAPTER ONEBasic Theory
CHAPTER TWOThe Major Scale and the IIVI Progression
CHAPTER THREEChordScale Theory
CHAPTER FOURHow To Practice Scales
CHAPTER FIVESlash Chords
PLAYIN THE CHANGES
CHAPTER SIXFrom Scales to Music
CHAPTER SEVENThe Bebop Scales
CHAPTER FOURTEENAdvanced Reharmonization
CHAPTER FIFTEENColtrane Changes
CHAPTER SIXTEENThree Reharmonizations
PART IVTHE TUNES
CHAPTER SEVENTEENSong Form and Composition
CHAPTER EIGHTEENReading a Lead Sheet
CHAPTER NINETEENMemorizing a Tune
CHAPTER EIGHTPlaying Outside
CHAPTER NINEPentatonic Scales
CHAPTER TENThe Blues
CHAPTER ELEVENRhythm Changes
CHAPTER TWELVEPractice Practice Practice
CHAPTER THIRTEENBasic Reharmonization