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Jazz Theory Resources at Murphy Library
A Geometry of Music by
Call Number: MT50 .T98 2011
Publication Date: 2011
In this groundbreaking work, author Dmitri Tymoczko describes a new framework for thinking about music that emphasizes the commonalities among styles from medieval polyphony to contemporary rock. Tymoczko identifies five basic musical features that jointly contribute to the sense of tonality, and shows how these features recur throughout the history of Western music.
The Jazz Language: A Theory Text for Jazz Composition and Improvisation by
Call Number: MT68 .H33 1980
Publication Date: 1980
This text presents all of the materials commonly used by the jazz musician in a logical order dictated both by complexity and need. The book is not intended to be either an arranging or improvisation text, but a pedagogical reference providing the information musicians need to pursue any activity they wish.
Music Theory Resource Book by
Call Number: MT6.O88 M87 2000
Publication Date: 2000
Music Theory Resource Book covers topics not usually found in standard theory texts including basic acoustics, contrapuntal techniques, jazz harmony, musics from non-Western cultures, and music since 1950.
Patterns for Jazz by
Call Number: MT68 .P37 1970
Publication Date: 1970
Patterns for Jazz stands as a monument among jazz educational materials. Condensed charts and pertinent explanations are conveniently inserted throughout the book to give greater clarity to the application of more than 400 patterns built on chords and scales---from simple (major) to complex (lydian augmented scales).
The Piano Player's Jazz Handbook by
Call Number: MT239 .S66 1985
Publication Date: 1985
This is the handbook for Jazz Pianists, whether just starting out or of some experience, he covers everything from basic chords and chord structures to a simple lesson in jazz improvisation, in between covering harmony, 5ths, scales, patterns, blues and good jazz introductions.
Online Theory Resources
Jazz Guitar Videos
A set of 19 videos teaching about jazz guitar and jazz theory
A Jazz Improvisation Primer
Information on almost every topic relating to jazz improvisation, from jazz history to music theory to practical advice on playing in a group.
from JazzGuitarLessons.com - articles on basics, scale/mode construction, chord construction, chord progressions, and improvisation
Jazz Theory (PDF)
by Stuart Smith (4th Revised Edition)
Jazz Theory & Improvisation
A saxophone-based set of tutorials about jazz theory and improv
Jazz Theory Course
Lessons on chords, progressions, scales, substitutions, etc.
Learning to Improvise: Jazz Theory
An aspiring jazz trumpet player's blog about jazz improvisation, ear training, and Atlanta jazz
Modal Jazz Theory
The term “modal jazz” refers to improvisational music that is organized in a scalar (“horizontal”) way rather than in a chordal (“vertical”) manner.