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Alfred's essentials of jazz theory : a complete self-study course for all musicians / Shelton G. Berg.

Berg, Shelly (Author). Stever, Michael (Performer). DeSiena, Pete. (Performer). Jeppeson, Nolan (Performer). Raghavan, Harish (Performer). Marshall, Robby (Performer). Kertes, Erik (Performer). Noel, Gabe (Added Author). Slocum, Matt, drummer (Performer).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at Berklee College of Music.

Current holds

0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Main Library MT6.B47 2006 37684001062631 Library Stacks Copy hold / Volume hold Available -
Valencia Main Library MT6.B47 2006 37684001072279 Valencia Stacks Copy hold / Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0739043854
  • ISBN: 9780739043851
  • Physical Description: 3 v. in 1 (148 p.) : ill. ; 31 cm. + 3 sound discs (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
  • Publisher: Van Nuys, Calif. : Alfred Pub., c2006.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Book includes workbook exercises and teacher's answer key; discs contain recorded examples for ear training.
Formatted Contents Note:
Book 1. Basic elements (melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, form) -- Swing feel & swing eighth notes -- Swing groove -- Jazz melody & improvisation--syncopation, bebop style -- Jazz melody & improvisation--lick, line and melodic soloing -- Major triad, major scale, consonance -- Major seventh chords, chord changes -- Tonic function, scalar melody, passing & neighboring tones -- Dissonant 4th and resolution -- Subdominant major seventh chords -- Voice leading tonic & subdominant major seventh chords -- Modes, Lydian scale -- Hierarchy of 3rds and 7ths -- Major 9th chords -- Major 6/9 chords -- Major pentatonic scale -- Jazz language--grace notes, scoops & turns -- Dominant 7th and 9th chords -- Dominant function -- Resolution of V⁷ chords, tendency tones and tritone -- V⁷-IMaj⁷ common tones and voice leading -- Dominant scale (Mixolydian), bebop dominant scale -- "Bluesy" dominant chords -- Blue notes -- 12-bar blues progression, blues scale.
Book 2. Counterpoint--bass and melody -- Walking bass lines -- Walking bass lines in the circle of fifths, two-note voicings -- Comping & comp rhythms, voice leading -- Brazilian bass lines & comping patterns -- Minor 7th and 9th chords & inversions -- Supertonic function--iimi⁷ and iimi⁹ chords -- Resolution of iim⁷ to V⁷ -- The ii-V-I turnaround progression -- Jazz language--combined scale/arpeggio & "the ii-V lick" -- Jazz language--triplet arpeggio & "the bebop dominant lick" -- Dominant 13th chords & ii-V-I voicings -- Passing minor major 7th chord & progression -- Tonicisation of the IV chord -- The ii-V turnaround to IV -- Melody for the turnaround to IV -- II dominant seventh chords -- II⁹ chords, Lydian dominant scale, I augmented chord extension -- Diminished 7th chords & diminished scales -- The vii diminished 7th chord, #iv diminished 7th chord, diminished 7th melody -- The turnback progression & the VI⁷ chord -- AABA standard song form--"Take the A train" progression -- Jazz language--chromatic leading & passing tones, bebop scales -- Jazz language--auxiliary "enclosure" tones -- The jazz blues progression, finding the chromatics.
Book 3. Jazz language--melodic soloing & melodic sequence -- Afro-Cuban jazz: clave & tumbau -- Afro-Cuban jazz: Cascara & Montuno -- Drop-two voicings -- Minor 11th chords & sus. chords -- Minor tonic chord, jazz minor scale -- Minor ii-V turnaround, half-diminished chord & V⁷(♭⁹) chord -- Resolutions and voice leading -- Jazz language--scales for the half-diminished chord -- Jazz language--harmonic-minor scale & lick for V⁷(♭⁹) -- Turnaround to iv in minor keys -- Minor turnback, VI⁷-V⁷(♭⁹)-i cadence -- Blues scale in minor keys, minor pentatonic & pentatonic/blues scales -- Turnarounds to III, VI and VII in minor keys -- Minor 12-bar blues progression -- Minor turnarounds in major keys--to ii and vi -- Minor turnaround in major keys--to iii, deceptive cadence (backdoor cadence) -- Altered Dominant chords -- Jazz language--diminished scale for dominant chords & altered dominant cell -- Jazz language--altered dominant lick and scale -- Step-down progression -- IV-I (plagal) progressions, backdoor progressions -- I-VI progressions -- ABAC standard song form -- Slash chords.
Participant or Performer Note:
Performers on CDs: Peter DeSiena, Michael Stever, trumpet ; Robby Marshall, Nolan "Scott" Jeppeson, tenor saxophone ; Shelly Berg, piano ; Harish Raghavan, Gabriel Noel, Erik Kertes, bass ; Matthew Slocum, drums.
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded at the Blue Room and Private Island Trax, Hollywood, California.
Subject: Jazz > Instruction and study
Music theory
Improvisation (Music)

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