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This is a course by a musician for musicians. Included in this course are: reading assignments, printable "handouts", audio files and lecture videos. Each module contains about one week or more of information.
Below you will see a required and suggested text for this course. I advise you to get both of these texts to get the most out of this course.
Also, listed are the modules covered and the content explored.
Required text: - The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine. Sher Music Co.
Additional Text: The Real Book sixth edition
There are other versions of this text in Eb, Bb, Bass Clef.
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|Section 1: Start Here|
Go through Chapter 1.
This first lesson will not be graded. Use it as a reference for the rest of the course. If you are familiar with the rudiments of music use this lesson as a refresher. If you have no background with the rudiments of music, this lesson is necessary. You will be asked to comment on these principles on a weekly basis.
Go back to it frequently to reinforce the concepts in each of the lessons and discussions we will be covering in this course. Again, you will not be tested on this lesson but you will be required to understand these concepts.
This lecture examines the major scale and the intervals that comprise the makeup of this scale. You will see how chords can be generated from any major scale.
This lecture describes what comprises triads and how they can be altered to be major, minor, diminished and augmented triads.
|Section 2: The Major Scale and The Modes|
Go through Chapter 2.
The ii V I Progression
The Cycle of Fifths
Other Common Chord Progressions
In this part of the chapter we will explore the ii-V-I chord progression and the modes associated with them. This is the key to what to play when assessing a music chart.
|Quiz 1||2 questions|
Take this brief quiz to test your newly acquired knowledge.
|Section 3: The modes of the Major Scale and the ii-V-I Progression. Chord/Scale theory|
Go through Chapter 3.
Go through Chapter 3.
Chapter Three: Chord/Scale Theory
Major Scale Harmony
This lecture explores how to improvise to the ii -V- I progression. Be sure to download this Quicktime movie play along music file.
|Section 4: Chords and Modes in the tune "just Friends".|
Play with the chord changes to the jazz standard tune, Just Friends.
Define the modes used in the second ending of "Just Friends".
|Section 5: Melodic Minor Scale Harmony|
A walk on the minor side. This lecture explores modes from the melodic minor scale.
Melodic Minor Scale Harmony
More on the minor scale modes.
|More on the minor scale modes. We apply a minor scale mode to the tune Chelsea Bridge.|
In this lecture we explore the similarity and difference between the phrygian mode from the major scale and the second mode of the minor scale.
|Section 6: Slash Chords and Scale Exercises|
What are Slash Chords?
Slash Chords and Scales
|Section 7: Symmetrical Scales|
Diminished Scale Harmony
Whole-Tone Scale Harmony
|Lecture 16||1 page|
Download the tune, A Foggy Day by Gershwin and do a chord analysis. Figure out the modes needed to improvise, derived from both the major and melodic minor. Share your findings on the discussion board with others.
Be sure to download the play along audio file to test how well your analysis works and HAVE FUN!
Joseph has been playing guitar professionally for many years, in New York, Montana and Missouri. For 30 years he has been performing, recording, teaching, studying and composing. Learning is a lifelong process.
While at the Aaron Copland School of Music, he studied guitar with William Matthews. He also studied with Edward Smaldone, Henry Wienberg and Bruce Sailor. With Edward Smaldone, a Composition professor who composed his own music compositions via computer, Joseph was introduced to midi composition realizations.
In New York as a performer Joseph can be heard on many recordings. Joseph was a founding member of the Long Island avant garde duet, Inner Landescapes and the experimental music band QUIET featuring Cathedral keyboardist, Tom Doncourt.
He taught guitar at the University of Montana for eight years. He studied with composer Patrick Williams and Digital Tech Guru Dennis Thermond. Joseph has also composed for television, radio, stage productions and small films. He composed the score for "I Am the Longs", the winning feature film at the 2006 PAH-FEST film festival. He also scored and performed a theater production of Anton Checkhov's Three Sisters.
He can also be heard accompanying the grandchildren of Maria Von Trapp on the Von Trapp Children Vol 1, Charlie Russell's MONTANA!, and Off The Wall, The New Jubes & Virtual Orchestra.
In Missouri, he was a regular solo jazz guitar performer at local wineries and ran jam sessions for CMSU music students around town. He has also made several performance appearances on the radio KOKO show “Uncorked". He also studied improv privately with composer, arranger, bandleader, pianist Michael Pagán. At the Conservatory at UMKC he studied classical guitar with Doug Neidt.
In Colorado, Joseph performs with the SLV Big Band. He continued to work with students on jazz performance. He led and continues to lead jam sessions in Alamosa and Monte Vista for students and local jazz enthusiasts. He also directed and arranged tunes for the Adams State Jazz Band and the theater production of "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis De Sade."
You can hear a sampling of some of Joseph's work at SoundCloud.