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The Jazz Theory Book
DescriptionEndorsed by Jamey Aebersold, James Moody, Dave Liebman, and others, The Jazz Theory Book presents all the information any student of jazz needs in an easy-to-understand, yet thorough, manner. For intermediate to advanced players, and written by one of the acknowledged masters of jazz, it is used by universities around the world.
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Discussed in With a [fill in the blank] On the Bottom in the TalkBass community
Okay, last question first. I wasn't going to recommend a book, but since you mentioned it, anyone interested in music theory should start with Mark Levine's book: [link] Back to the first question: I was going to recommend that you get yourself a keyboard or piano and try playing the inversions through a simple progression. ... ... more
I have a piano and I think that would help with understanding both the big picture and details about questions like this. I learned to read music when I was young. Two years of piano lessons at age 6-7, then four years in elementary school band on alto sax, ending in 7th grade. The result of all that is I can read pretty ... ... more
Discussed in a little further into jazz in the TalkBass community
First of all this is a huge topic of study, so be patient. :) Sounds like chord spelling is in order. (Knowing what notes are in a given chord symbol.) knowing how many half steps between two given notes. Knowing what a certain scale degree looks and sounds like. (What's the 7th scale degree of C? The b7? What do they sound ... ... more
thanks for the info. I'll take some time to look through the links. I've seen some $6.99 keyboards at Goodwill. I might pick one up sometime. It might have Grover and Big Bird on it but hell, if it teaches me... ... more
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