Jazz Theory Book

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by mouzer, Sep 20, 2001.

  1. I just bought the Jazz Theory Book from Amazon and it cost me $42! Is the book worth my money? I could of gotten 2 cartons of smokes and ate at a nice restaruant for that cash. And how many pages does it have? It didn't say on the website!:eek:
  2. heffster


    May 24, 2001
    whats the title?
  3. I has 3-400 pages and is worth every penny. Everyone I know has a copy. For student, it's the best resource for all the music theory stuff that is occassionally discussed here.
  4. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    The book in question will do far more for you far longer than "two packs of smokes and a nice restaurant meal." For one, once the smokes and meal are gone, they are gone. But what you learn in that book will help you forever.
  5. melvin


    Apr 28, 2001
    That book rocks an incredible amount. Ive only read to page 54 or something and Ive already learned a whole heap.

    And after having it for less than a month its already helped me get mad props from my band teacher on an improvising excersise she used for jazz band tryouts.
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I've had a copy for 2-3 years and certainly haven't exhausted what it can do for me. I think it's the best value music book I ever bought.

    And the theory can be applied to any style of contemporary music really - Bach might have disagreed, but it's the same basis for rock,pop,blues,gospel, etc. etc.

    I think that Jazz just takes in all the more interesting aspects of theory and actually uses them in tunes, so it's not just academic.
  7. APouncer


    Nov 3, 2000
    Lancashire, UK
    Could you let me know the full title, author, publisher and ISBN number if possible. It sounds like just what I need.
  8. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
  9. And it's cheaper/est on the Sher site too! :D
  10. melvin


    Apr 28, 2001
    The full title is "The Jazz Theory Book" its by Mark Levine, dont know the rest of the info you wanted though.
  11. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    The Mark Levine book is the best one out there.
  12. Actually, there is *nothing* in rock, pop, jazz, or any other genre of western music that can't be found in Bach.
    Some names may have been changed since, but that is all that is new or different.
  13. I'm no Bach expert, but I do love a lot of his work and have a teensy grounding in music theory. (A dangerous thing...)

    I don't see too many tone clusters or 9th chords in the usual repertoire. And his atonal stuff is just way over my head. :)

    Times change. We have more tools now. Yay! Bach was great at using and stretching the rules he had at the time. Yay!

    I think we agree, deep down, but I'm calling you on the no-innovations-since-Bach line. ;)
  14. I should have said in tonal western music. So, no, you won't hear tonal clusters or atonal music. However, Bach did use chord extensions (9,11,13), tritone substitutions, the so-called "backdoor" dominant, and just about every other, if not every other tonal device of tertiary harmony (I don't know whether Bach used any quartal voicings).
  15. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Anybody who doubts whether Bach is capable of stretching tonal music to the breaking point needs to check out his "Musical Offering". It manages to be both "in" and "out" at the same time.
  16. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I have no doubt that Bach's music was very complex and certainly more so than a lot of the composers who followed him! I was being a bit "tongue in cheek" when I mentioned him as I was thinking about a website that mentions that some of Bach's chord changes wouldn't be out of place in a hip Jazz band! ;)


    I think that Bach obviously knew about all the stuff that you find in the Jazz Theory Book and a lot more - he just might not have expressed it in the same way. ;)