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Pedja Simovic
post Sep 5 2009, 12:35 AM
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If you guys are serious about theory and harmony, this book is must have. I found out about it while I was at Berklee from professors and chair of Harmony department. Other professors who were performers recommend it to me and I got it without hesitation. I payed 50$ and it was one of the 50$ purchases I will never regret.
Read the whole book (it is very easy to read, follow and understand) and it goes from very basic to much more advanced things like reharmonization and other advanced concepts.

Here is a link I found using Google. Its on big sale, if you find it for cheaper than that price, please let me know!

http://www.amazon.com/Jazz-Theory-Book-Mar...e/dp/1883217040


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post Sep 5 2009, 12:39 AM
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QUOTE (Pedja Simovic @ Sep 4 2009, 04:35 PM) *
If you guys are serious about theory and harmony, this book is must have. I found out about it while I was at Berklee from professors and chair of Harmony department. Other professors who were performers recommend it to me and I got it without hesitation. I payed 50$ and it was one of the 50$ purchases I will never regret.
Read the whole book (it is very easy to read, follow and understand) and it goes from very basic to much more advanced things like reharmonization and other advanced concepts.

Here is a link I found using Google. Its on big sale, if you find it for cheaper than that price, please let me know!

http://www.amazon.com/Jazz-Theory-Book-Mar...e/dp/1883217040



I think I need to learn to read music first before I get this dry.gif .


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post Sep 5 2009, 12:42 AM
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QUOTE (Eat-Sleep-andJam @ Sep 5 2009, 01:39 AM) *
I think I need to learn to read music first before I get this dry.gif .


Read as in where notes are on the treble clef and things like that?
This one covers that from certain point.

I do have a note reading type book for you, will post it also as recommendation soon smile.gif


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post Sep 16 2009, 03:39 AM
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QUOTE (Pedja Simovic @ Sep 5 2009, 02:42 AM) *
Read as in where notes are on the treble clef and things like that?
This one covers that from certain point.

I do have a note reading type book for you, will post it also as recommendation soon smile.gif


I only discovered your "Theory and Harmony" sub-forum today and have been scouring through it for all your precious jewels of wisdom! smile.gif I haven't seen a mention of a sightreading book as yet. I have been thinking of pursuing that area only recently and would welcome your recommendation as to a good resource to help me along in that vein.

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post Sep 16 2009, 08:38 AM
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QUOTE (Neurologi @ Sep 16 2009, 04:39 AM) *
I only discovered your "Theory and Harmony" sub-forum today and have been scouring through it for all your precious jewels of wisdom! smile.gif I haven't seen a mention of a sightreading book as yet. I have been thinking of pursuing that area only recently and would welcome your recommendation as to a good resource to help me along in that vein.

Cheers.


The best sight reading books are from Berklee press by author William Leavitt. His books are used for all Berklee Guitar majors that are starting with sight reading. They cover all positions, all 12 keys, do arpeggios, chords, scales...
I have to say I was doing classical guitar when I was 12 so I learned to sight read then with classical pieces. Later at Guitar Institute in London we had some sight reading classes but they were joke compared to classical pieces I did and exams I had. Berklee on the other hand was much more difficult in that area because you had to sight read for audition (ratings) and in every playing class (ensemble) we very getting couple of lead sheets a week that we had to sight read on spot (melody, harmony, rhythm kicks etc).

I can recommend William Leavitt's beginner book. Found it on sale on Amazon for less than 10$!!! Very good price if you ask me.

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post Sep 16 2009, 10:16 AM
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post Sep 16 2009, 11:12 AM
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QUOTE (Frederik @ Sep 16 2009, 11:16 AM) *
How far does it go?


This one covers first 7 frets or positions I believe. You can read the reviews from 10 customers on Amazon using that link. smile.gif


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post Sep 16 2009, 11:21 AM
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Awesome book, it's definitely a must have ! (not only for Jazz player...) biggrin.gif


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post Sep 16 2009, 12:47 PM
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QUOTE (Stephane Lucarelli @ Sep 16 2009, 12:21 PM) *
Awesome book, it's definitely a must have ! (not only for Jazz player...) biggrin.gif


I totally agree with you Stephane!
Didn't know you had this one wink.gif


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post Sep 16 2009, 03:20 PM
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Thanks for the advice. Great to have someone who has had some experience in the area and can make an informed suggestion as to what is worthwhile. Often, sight reading texts seem to be geared more for piano players than guitarists. So it is great to find there is a quality text available for guitar players also. Gonna see if I can get myself a copy! smile.gif Then one day I might be able to get more out of the Mark Levine book you recommended at the head of the topic.


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post Sep 16 2009, 03:40 PM
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QUOTE (Neurologi @ Sep 16 2009, 04:20 PM) *
Thanks for the advice. Great to have someone who has had some experience in the area and can make an informed suggestion as to what is worthwhile. Often, sight reading texts seem to be geared more for piano players than guitarists. So it is great to find there is a quality text available for guitar players also. Gonna see if I can get myself a copy! smile.gif Then one day I might be able to get more out of the Mark Levine book you recommended at the head of the topic.


Sure thing Neurologi. I am glad you will get a copy of it. I plan to do some forum lessons in future, in some of them I will definitely cover sight reading. Some of my MTP students mentioned sight reading as something they want to improve and learn, so I will work on that with them as well.
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post Sep 16 2009, 03:58 PM
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QUOTE (Pedja Simovic @ Sep 16 2009, 05:40 PM) *
Sure thing Neurologi. I am glad you will get a copy of it. I plan to do some forum lessons in future, in some of them I will definitely cover sight reading. Some of my MTP students mentioned sight reading as something they want to improve and learn, so I will work on that with them as well.
Keep an eye open on this board or simply subscribe.


Look forward to it. Already subscribed. Don't want to miss a thing.


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QUOTE (Neurologi @ Sep 16 2009, 04:58 PM) *
Look forward to it. Already subscribed. Don't want to miss a thing.


Excellent!
Some videos will happen this month, more next month ( I am moving to new place on 1st of October)...
You will be on right track I promise you that much smile.gif


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post Sep 18 2009, 07:56 AM
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I have this book for years now, and has always helped me greatly. Nice book for explaining theory from a jazz standpoint.


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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Sep 18 2009, 08:56 AM) *
I have this book for years now, and has always helped me greatly. Nice book for explaining theory from a jazz standpoint.


I didn't know you had and used this one Ivan, good for you man!


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