basically it is just an updated version of harmony with lego bricks, it teaches one to learn the building blocks of bunches of tunes and to then be able to transpose them to any key at will.

i was indoctrinated with the john megan technique of using roman numerals for transposing and such.

anybody else ever tried these materials see below:
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hi jazz virt. i was also taught the mehegan method and all the working musicians i know also use it, however i am willing to try john elliots method as it is always a good thing to try something new.. who knows i may learn sumpin
hi there.  

i just joined this group. i am john elliott, author of the above mentioned insights in jazz. if you want to know more, please visit my website or shoot me a question.

also, we have a google group to discuss the method which you can also join via my site. there is a faq and free downloads including podcasts introducing the method.

best regards

my main question is what would the advantage of "insights into jazz"  over the roman numeral method be?

also, how long would it take to incorporate something like this into their permanent skill set. in other words how long in general is the learning curve when learning new tunes using this method?

thanks for your time

there is no single answer to that. we all learn in different ways and at different speeds. but i don't know a faster way.

the lego approach is designed to be understandable by anyone, even non-players with the minimum of technical terminology.

in my book, i show analysis of over 230 songs and make associations across the lot. so this allows you to very rapidly see where the same things occur in songs.

ultimately, as a player you need to be aware of some roman numerals in order to be able to reproduce the bricks in any key. but the advantage of this method is that it shows you which sequences acually occur, rather than being abstract. any sequence could occur, but in real songs only a small subset of sequences are actually used. and these are the bricks in the book.

the more you use it, the faster you get. i now regularly use it to learn a tune or two each week for my weekly gig. what you then find is that the best way to really learn a tune is to play it in other keys than the original.

i am new to this group and cannot see how to be alerted if someone replies to me. if you want a rapid response, you could try contacting me direct.


thanks dr jazz, i went ahead and bought the book, the more i think/read it the more fascinating it is, i think your own to something great.

later i will add more..
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