Recommend me a music theory book

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by AmazingGracePlayer, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. AmazingGracePlayer

    AmazingGracePlayer Guest

    Oct 8, 2006
    Summit, NJ
    Dear fellow TBers...

    My guitar student (who also plays piano and flute) wants a intermediate/advanced level book that teaches different modes/scales as well as "how to improvise when given a song or a chord progression."

    Can anyone recommend anything?
    (Online lessons are good too if they are detailed and instructive)

    Thanks in advance!
  2. allexcosta


    Apr 7, 2004
  3. Aaron J

    Aaron J

    Jul 16, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    If you want to use a good jazz theory book, I would recommend The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine. It is a loaded book, but it is very accessible. Check out this link. I know a lot of older educators/players who also recommend that book.
  4. AmazingGracePlayer

    AmazingGracePlayer Guest

    Oct 8, 2006
    Summit, NJ
    Well, it won't be used as much for on-the-spot improvising, but it'll still be used for improvising. I don't think a jazz theory book would be appropriate because it won't be used for jazz, it'll be used for a little bit of composing and a little bit of pre-structured "improvising." I think the more contemporary the better.
  5. ZonGuy

    ZonGuy Guest

    Sep 2, 2007

    Mark Levine's book is the best I have seen for getting the whole picture. The bible. Being able to play a minimal amount of keyboard helps, since a lot of the examples are simplified piano score.

    Mel Bay's Jazz Theory is a dumbed down version.

    Every Aebersold book has the essential scales broken out by number and intervally.