A new approach to learning the language of jazz.

It’s a book of musical concepts brought to life through the use of analogies, beautifully illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Mick Stevens.

Through eighteen chapters, this educational book shares fresh, creative approaches to the following topics:

• Practicing
  (“Lifting Weights”)

• Ear training
  (“The School Bell”)

• Harmonic awareness
  (“Ketchup on a Brownie”)

• Phrasing like a pro
  (“The Bus”)

• The importance of chord study
  (“Polishing the Silver”)

• Common tones
  (“Dual Citizen Notes”)

• Keeping your solos fresh and spontaneous
  (“The Lobster Theory”)

• Hearing in harmonic context
  (“Harmonic GPS”)

• Pacing your solo
  (“The Waiter”)

• How to memorize major scales & key signatures.
  (“Alligators, Elephants & Clowns”)

• Using chord substitutions
  (Harmonic Turn Signals)

• Infusing your notes with life and energy
  (“The Bobber Theory”)

• Using taste to differentiate the sounds of chords.
  (“Apple Chords” – includes spellings for the 60 most common seventh chords)

• Two great ways to sequence a musical idea
  (“The Snake”)

• Connecting with your listener
  (“Tasting Harmony”)

• Organizing your musical furnishings
  (“The Music House”)

• Scale note selection
  (“The Kid and the Cupcake”)

• Transformative practice strategies
  (“Running with the Pro Dogs”)

Notated musical examples, jazz etudes, and educational chord graphs are featured throughout  the book  to further illustrate and teach the musical concepts

Click the cover for a look inside the book.


The Lobster Theory
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