Mark Levine: The Jazz Theory Book


Publisher: Sher Music
Author: Mark Levine
Format: Books | Theory
This classic manual explains how you can use theoretical concepts to improve your playing, referring to influential recordings and using the language that working jazz musicians use.

If you've ever heard jazz musicians play chords or improvised lines that you couldn't figure out, not only will you find them here, but you'll also learn exactly how and where you can apply them in your own playing.

In over 500 pages, the author guides the reader from basic chord construction and the II-V-I progression, through scale theory, the blues, 'I Got Rhythm' changes, slash chords, the bebop and pentatonic scales, to a comprehensive study of reharmonisation and advice on how to read a lead sheet and memorise tunes.

All of these topics and many more are discussed in a conversational style and brought to life with over 750 music examples, transcribed from actual recordings of the jazz greats. You can treat The Jazz Theory Book as a complete course or you can dip into it for specific advice on pentatonic scales or the Coltrane changes.

However you use it, is full of inspiring ideas and information that you can put straight into practice.

"A great jazz solo consists of: 1% magic; 99% stuff that is explainable, analyzable, categorisable, doable. This book is mostly about the 99% stuff." - Mark Levine
ISBN: 9781883217044
Published on: 15 February 2001
No of pages: 526
Language: English
Catalogue No: 1883217040

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        Ipswich GB
        Clearly written with jargon well explained
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        Confirmed purchase: 09 April 2018
        Published on: 23 April 2018

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        Plymouth GB
        Great book but not for total beginners. Try something easier on theory first. Other than that - can't fault it.
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        Confirmed purchase: 18 February 2014
        Published on: 21 June 2014

        Musicroom Reviews

        Excellent book. I play saxophone, and over the past few years have also been studying music theory. My sax teacher loaned me a copy of this book, and it has helped so much not only with the basic concepts but also with some of the other material I have been studying at university. Concepts are explained clearly and there is no assumption in the text, so whatever level you happen to be, you can get stuck straight in. Finally bought my own copy so I can return the other to my teacher.
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