is probably just about the best thing that ever happened to me! I cracked it open at the store and looked at the chapter names, and thought I had the first four or five down cold and could fake my way through the first 12 if I needed to. Boy was I wrong. I was golden for the first chapter -- basic theory. Major scale, modes, basic chords. Then...bam. It's so much information! I mean, jeezums jippity crow. And it's FILLED with examples! Seriously guys, this is a GREAT book. I'd reccomend getting your grade 2 rudiments and some basic chord theory/harmony stuff before getting into this one (I don't think I would've been ready for this book if I hadn't) but it's seriously a wealth of information. It's into modal jazz and reharmonization by the third chapter! PS: The shop marked it up a bunch, and I don't even care. GREAT book.