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I. The Structure of Jazz
Rhythmic Structure
Jazz Rhythmic Interpretation
The Role of Song Forms in Jazz
II. The Harmonic Vocabulary of Jazz
Notational Conventions
Standard Chord Notation
Basic Chord Types
An Interlude on Shorthand and Anomalous Notations
Implied Countermelodies
Roman Numeral Chord Notation
IV. Developing a Bass Line
V. Standard Chord Progressions: Blues and “Rhythm”
A Jazz Approach to Blues
Traditional/Rock Approach to Blues
“Rhythm” Changes
VI. Chord Voicings
Solo Keyboard Voicing
Chord Voicing Styles
Close Position
“Rootless” Chords
VII. Voice Leading
Standard Voice Leading Techniques
Circle of Fifths Root Motion
Root Motion by Second
Root Motion by Third
Voice Leading with Rootless Chords
Parallel Voice Leading Styles
The Basic Close Position Style
The Widened Line: Drop 2 and Drop 3
Scoring for Small Jazz Ensembles
Instrument Ranges
Instrumental Combinations
VIII. Functional Harmony in Jazz
Theory of Chord Progressions
Root Motion
The Diatonic (In-Key) Circle of Fifths
The Major Diatonic (In-Key) Circle of Fifths
The Chromatic Circle of Fifths
Strong/Weak Alternation of Chords
Tensions and Chord Function
Non-Tonic Beginnings
Tritone Substitution: ëIIÏ Substituted for VÏ
Voice Leading Chords
The Diminished- and Half-Diminished Seventh Chords
The Diminished-Seventh Chord
The Diminished Seventh as a Connecting Chord
The Diminished Seventh as an “Incomplete” Dominant
The Half-Diminished Seventh Chord
The Half-Diminished Seventh as a Connecting Chord
The Half-Diminished Seventh as an Incomplete Dominant Ninth
Secondary Functions and Tonicization
Borrowed Chords (Modal Interchange)
Pivot Chord Modulation
Common Tone Modulation
Direct Modulation
Miscellaneous Harmonic Techniques
Pedal Point
Upper Structure Triads
Polychords and Polytonality
IX. Chord-Scale Theory
The “Diminished” Scale
Chords With Alterations And/Or Tensions:
Interlude On The Minor Mode
“Outside” Playing
Treatment Of “Non-Chord” Tones
X. Other Systems
Modal Jazz
Free Jazz
Tonal Systems In Rock
Appendix A: Jazz Chord Dictionary
Appendix B: Rootless Chord Dictionary
Appendix C: Using Sibelius®
Sibelius Basics
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Jazz Theory

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