has anyone used this book? if so, was it helpful?
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i find this a well-organized catalog of voicings. each voicing type (shell, rootless etc.) gets a chapter, with a couple of progressions (ii v i, major cycle, dominant cycle etc. ) notated in all keys. some alterations are also shown in just one key. there are little diagrams highlighting the voice leading, but i don't find them particularly useful since i can see and feel the voice leading on the keyboard. all of this obviously fills a lot of space, but the chapter intros also have some prose about usage and practice ideas. more modern quartal voicings aren't treated in as much detail. others here have suggested a frank mantooth book on voicings. i want to check it out, but i have no complaints about this one.
has anyone used this book? if so, was it helpful?
thanks for these reviews:)
heh heh, guess the message base turned over.  the messages are saved, and one of these days i'll have a system here where the old messages are pulled from the archives.  one of these days.  too busy writing a new book and making a new recording, though!  if only i didn't have to sleep.  is there a book on how to live without sleeping?
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i hate that we need sleep.  it seems like such a waste of time.  as a bit of an insomniac  i know how unproductive i am when i don't sleep enough (which is most of the time)

years ago i saw a man on tv (the tom snyder show i think) who claimed to only sleep 45 minutes a day...he had two full-time jobs and had a very rewarding social life too.  he claimed to have learned how to concentrate his sleep...hmmm....
he didn't happen to tell anyone how he did it, did he?  i heard that some of the greatest thinkers the world has seen got by with very little sleep, like, 3 hours a day at two different times.  i can't do that, my teeth start buzzing!
If I'm not back in 24 hours, call the president.

Scot is available for skype jazz piano lessons (and google hangouts, phone call, etc...)
Use the contact link at the top of the page.
sorry to be a bubble burster, but i am a doc and i want to emphasize the importance of good sleep health - insufficient sleep leads to all sorts of problems, particularly an increased risk of auto accidents!  you cannot be optimally efficient with insufficient sleep.

everyone should get 7-8 hours/night. if you are interested in the topic, read the promise of sleep by william c. dement, m.d.
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