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Jazz Improvisation Primer

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Marc Sabatella has released an online version of his text, A Jazz Improvisation Primer. Here you can find information on almost every topic relating to jazz improvisation, from jazz history to music theory to practical advice on playing in a group.

You can check out the jazz primer at Outside Shore Music The topics are listed below:

Preface

Goals

A Brief History Of Jazz

Early Jazz

Big Band Jazz and Swing

Bebop

Cool Jazz

Hard Bop

Post Bop

Free Jazz and the Avant Garde

Fusion

Post Modern Jazz

The Present

Jazz Fundamentals

Structure

Swing

Definition

Practicing Swing

Creativity

The Creative Process

Playing

Chord/Scale Relationships

Basic Theory

Intervals

Major And Minor Scales

Chords

The Circle Of Fifths

Major Scale Harmony

Major Scale

Dorian Mode

Phrygian Mode

Lydian Mode

Mixolydian Mode

Minor Scale

Locrian Mode

Melodic Minor Harmony

Phrygian #6

Lydian Augmented

Lydian Dominant

Fifth Mode

Locrian #2

Altered Scale

Symmetric Scales

Whole Tone Scale

The Diminished Scales

Pentatonic Scales

Derived Scales

The Blues Scale

Minor Scales

Bebop Scales

Synthetic Scales

Chord/Scale Chart

Applying The Theory To Improvisation

Melodic Development

Pacing

Phrase Construction

Playing Changes

ii-V

Major Keys

Minor Keys

Blues

Rhythm Changes

Coltrane Changes

Modal Improvisation

Chromaticism

Non-tonal Improvisation

Free Improvisation

Accompanying

Chordal Instruments

Chord Voicings

3/7 Voicings

Quartal Voicings

Polychord and Upper Structure Voicings

Close Position and Drop Voicings

Other Scale Based Voicings

Reharmonizing

Comping Rhythms

Bass

Walking Bass Lines

Pedal Point

Counterpoint

Other Bass Patterns

Drums

Other Instruments

Playing With Others

Organization

Dealing With Problems

Listening Analytically

Breaking The Rules

Annotated Bibliography

Fakebooks

Instructional Books

History And Biography

Annotated Discography

Basic Recommendations

Listing

Jazz Standards

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