Mark Levine – The Jazz Theory Book
Mark Levine The Jazz Theory Book PDF download. Endorsed 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. Over 500 pages of text and over 750 musical examples.
Written in the language of the working jazz musician, this book is easy to read and user-friendly. At the same time, it is the most comprehensive study of jazz harmony and theory ever published. “The Jazz Theory Book” takes the student from the most basic techniques such as chord construction and the II-V-I progression through scale theory, the blues, “I’ve Got Rhythm” changes, slash chords, the bebop and pentatonic scales, how to read a lead sheet and memorize tunes and a study of reharmonization that is almost a book in itself. Satisfaction guaranteed or money will be refunded. Mark Levine has worked with Bobby Hutcherson, Cal Tjader, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, and many other jazz greats.
Levine is a gifted teacher, he introduces each new thing step by step, working up from simple scales to more complex ones, reharmonisation, modal playing, altered chords and all the other stuff that people spend a lifetime getting to know. At each step, there are none of the sudden leaps in assumed knowledge that I’ve found in other instruction books. All the way along he demonstrates how what appears to be an unclimbable mountain of knowledge is in fact just a really big hill, by showing how different areas of the music are in fact based on similar principles.
This book is not just for Jazz musicians – it is for any musician who wants to understand music theory with a view to improving their creative soloing in whatever musical genre. It is a truly classic and comprehensive guide designed to inspire, which it succeeds in doing.
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