Jazz Theory Handbook (eBook + Online Audio)
Jazz Theory Handbook is a complete guide to all the essential topics of jazz theory, suitable for all treble instruments. Its approach is clear and concise, realistic and practical. This book will help you to understand how contemporary jazz players think, and to apply theory concepts in your own playing. Subjects are introduced progressively, with each new one based on those introduced before. Topics include chord building, harmonic movement, modes, II-V-I licks, polychords, blues, rhythm changes, how to ...more
Product Number:
97845MEB
Format:
eBook + Online Audio
Skill Level:
Beginning-Intermediate
Pages:
136
Binding:
eBook
ISBN:
1-6191-1518-2
ISBN13:
978-16191-1518-7
Publisher:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published:
7/24/2015
Jazz Theory Handbook is a complete guide to all the essential topics of jazz theory, suitable for all treble instruments. Its approach is clear and concise, realistic and practical. This book will help you to understand how contemporary jazz players think, and to apply theory concepts in your own playing. Subjects are introduced progressively, with each new one based on those introduced before. Topics include chord building, harmonic movement, modes, II-V-I licks, polychords, blues, rhythm changes, how to learn tunes, practice techniques, playing outside, and more. All of the book's musical examples are performed on the accompanying audio, along with sample solos and 3 play-along tracks with a great rhythm section. Jazz Theory Handbook is designed for both self- study and classroom use. Audio download available online.
Jazz Theory Handbook

Introduction 
Chapter 1 - Intervals and Scales 
1. Half steps and whole steps 
2. Major scales 
3. Circle of fifths 
4. Intervals-how they are named 
5. Hearing intervals 
6. Minor scales 
7. Other scales you should know 
8. Transposing 
9. Exercises 
Chapter 2 - Chord Building
1. Triads 
2. Seventh chord vocabulary 
3. Seventh chords in major; Roman numeral notation 
4. Seventh chords in minor 
5. Extensions and "avoid" notes 
6. Polychords/upper structures 
7. Exercises 
Chapter 3 - Chord Movement: Harmonic Cliches 
1. V to I
2. Circle of dominants 
3. IlVI 
4. Circle of fifths within a key 
5. Deceptive cadences 
6. Common tones 
7. Secondary dominant 
8. Substitute dominant 
9. Pivot chords 
10. IV m and b Vlldom, modal interchange 
11. Turnarounds, tags, vamps 
12. Exercises 
Chapter 4 - Modes and Chord Scales 
1. Scale tones as chord extensions 
2. Modes of major 
3. Modes of major, continued
4. Modes of melodic minor 
5. Whole tone and diminished scales 
6. Bebop scales 
7. Pentatonic scales 
8. Exercises 
Chapter 5 - Blues 
1. Blue notes and the blues scale 
2. Basic blues progression 
3. Dominant I and IV 
4. Variable third 
5. Bebop blues 
6. Minor blues 
7. "Bird blues" and other variations 
8. Sample solo 
Play-along track-Blues in F 
9. Exercises 
Chapter 6 - Rhythm Changes 
I. Chord chart and analysis 
2. Improvising on Rhythm changes
3. Variations on the progression 
4. Sample solo
Play-along track-Rhythm changes in Bb 
5. Exercises 
Chapter 7 - Approaches to Improvising 
1. Beyond theory 
2. "Outside" playing 
3. About "originality" 
4. Exercises 
Chapter 8 - Learning Tunes 
1. Suggestions for learning tunes 
2. Tips on analyzing harmony
3. Form
4. Interpreting lead sheets 
5. Memorizing tunes 
6. Exercises 
Chapter 9 - Sample Analysis:
"After You've Gone" 
1. Lead sheet and analysis 
2. About this tune
3. Lyrics
4. Bar-by-bar comments
5. Sample solo 
Play-along track-"After You've Gone" in C 
6. Exercises 1
Chapter 10 - Suggestions for Further Study 
1. Listen, practice, analyze, perform 
2. Practice routines
3. Exercises for basic technique 
Appendix A - II V I licks
Appendix B - The logic behind the chord scale system 
Appendix C - Solos for Bb and Eb instruments; chord charts for play-along tracks 
Appendix D - Selected bibliography
 
Audio Sample 1
Audio Sample 2
Audio Sample 3
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