Wow, I just realized it's been over a year since I last used this? Where DOES the time go? Ok, this was a waste of bits.
Well I've finally created a new room with a working files section! Drop by and check it out. Of particular interest to those trying to study the essential elements of jazz composition are the new Melodic, Rhythmic, and Harmonic Analyses Series in which I've gotten down to the core of 9 tunes by Monk, Silver, and Dameron.
I've just uploaded a document that lists all of the possible modes in the Major, Melodic Minor, and Harmonic Minor Scales. For those of you just starting out, start with learning the Major modes if haven't done so already...these are the most important and a basis for relating to many of the minor modes. Some modes have many names. I've tried to use the most practical ones (only in my opinion) as the first ones in these cases... For those advanced students, you have probably learned at least the...
Hi folks, If you're interested in writing music, why not stop on by "Ryan's Room?" There you'll find several PDF files for your downloading pleasure. Some of the titles are: - Melodic Motives & Development (Pts.I&II) (An analysis of motivic development and composition in the jazz "song style") - "Spicing-Up" Diminished Chords (How to get more "bang" from your diminished chords) - Modal Chord/Scale Formulas and Shortcuts (How to condense a variety of different, more exo...
Volume 1 of this educational jazz piano book contains 15 jazz piano exercises, tricks, and other interesting jazz piano techniques, voicings, grooves, and ideas Scot Ranney enjoys playing.
Volume 2 has 14 jazz piano exercises and tricks of the trade, and quite a bit of it is Calypso jazz piano related material, including some Monty Alexander and Michel Camilo style grooves. Jazz piano education is through the ears, but books like this can help.
Volume 3 contains 12 jazz piano exercises and explorations by the acclaimed jazz piano educator, pianist, author, and recording artist Tim Richards.
Volume 4 is by Jeff Brent, a jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and author of "Modalogy" and other acclaimed jazz theory and education books. In this book Jeff shares detailed analysis of transcriptions of live performances. He covers everything from the shape of the songs to the tricks and licks he uses in improvised lines to the ideas behind his lush chord voicings.
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