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Buy The Jazz Theory Book from Amazon now. -- A reader from Boulder, CO says: "Quite brilliant. As the title states, it's very easy to read, and each new page introduces a new idea. Thus, it's concise. I have learned a fair amount of Jazz from it already, and I'm only on page 35. I can't wait to see what else it has in store for me, but the contents appear as though the book teaches _everything_ that's possible to teach. (Naturally, much about music is unteachable)"

A reader from Castro Valley, California writes: "When I was younger I used to read about how playing with various famous jazz musicians like Monk or Dizzy was like going to school. I just thought it was for general inspiration. Now I can see that there is a mass of musical harmonic theory that has built up over the years, and mostly passed on from player to player. This book presents all the basic harmonic innovations that Jazz came up with between the 1940's and 1980's, and it's a lot. You'd have to know this stuff in order to play with the musicians of those times. I think the best audience for this work consists of players who have mastered the "basics of their horn" and are ready to move into the "real world" of jazz improvisation and writing. However, even beginners can get into the book and I'd bet there are some masters out there who could learn a trick or two from it. Many of the ideas presented here may have been printed before, but I've never seen them all together like this, never seen them related to each other like this, and there's lots and lots that this musician at least had never conceived of before. Reading it was like opening my eyes for the first time in the morning. So much of what I had listened to for years suddenly became explicable. Do you want to know what to do with that B-flat alt chord in the "Real Book?" Want to know how pentatonic scales can build over various chords? Want to know why it somehow sounded right when that V chord resolved down a major third instead of a fifth? Read this book"

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