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A place to discuss jazz theory.

A place to discuss Jazz Theory, and its applications in music.

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/r/jazztheory

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Question about the chords for Afternoon in Paris

I think this is a more general question, but I noticed it on the tune Afternoon in Paris by John Lewis.

I'm a beginner on the piano, and have been trying my hand at some jazz tunes from the Real Book and using iReal Pro in conjunction for backing tracks. The B section of the tune in the Real Book looks something like this:

D-7 | G7 | CM7 | A-7|

D-7 | G7 | CM7 | D-7 G7 |

That's pretty easy to understand harmonically, even for me. It looks like a ii-V-I in Manor, followed by the vi chord of the key, another ii-V-I and then a ii-V to turn around in the CM7 in the next A section.

Of course, sometimes the iRealPro chart has a slightly different interpretation of the tune. For example, the final ii-V might be omitted or something similar.

However, with this particular tune, the same section above is written this way:

D-7 | G7 | CM7 | A7|

D-7 | G7 | CM7 | D-7 G7 |

As you can see, there is a dominant A chord in the fourth measure instead of a minor. Isn't this a pretty big deal? It seems to make it into a different tune, since one of the guide tones is different? I would have understood if the iReal Chart showed a simple minor triad or a minor 9th chord, but this seems like a whole different chord type.

Can anyone shed any insight on this?

Thanks.

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2024/04/28
18:30 UTC

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Kenny Kirkland Solo Transcription on The Blues Walk

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2024/04/28
15:17 UTC

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App like Joe Pass’ book of exercises?

Hi everybody, I’m wondering if any of you have found or have made an app that is like the exercises in Joe Pass’ book. I have lost the book but it had chords that had many extensions and it was good practice to name them and nail those chord tones. Is there an app that does something similar?

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2024/04/28
03:22 UTC

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Beyond the Fretboard: Mastering Jazz Guitar Chord Melody

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2024/04/28
02:46 UTC

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I need help finding a song

So I can remember playing this one hit in my high school jazz band but I just don’t remember the name. I think I remember it had something to do with the Jungle Music style and Duke Ellington. Also in the hit, I remember that the piano starts off sounding like a junction bell ringing, the saxophones are playing singular whole notes with vibrato to sound like a train, and the trumpets are playing with plunger mutes with a trumpet soloist drilling with the plunger mute.

I need help 😭

Thanks!!!

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2024/04/25
03:22 UTC

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Best chord melody resources?

Are there any books, video courses, etc. that you would recommend for learning about chord melody? Not specifically jazz. Just guitar chord melody, or chord melody more generally.

Thanks!

7 Comments
2024/04/24
21:09 UTC

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Wynton Kelly Solo Transcription on Awful Mean

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2024/04/21
16:59 UTC

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Jazz Guitar Chord Melody - Creating Melodic Lines

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2024/04/21
02:58 UTC

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im curious about using a subwoofer for an upright bass.

im looking to get new studio monitors and i was curious if theres a reason to get one considering the frequency of upright bass since thats probably the only instrument that will be that low(20-40hz)

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2024/04/20
22:28 UTC

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(E) Blues for Alice in E - Melody, Voicing & Etude, 12 Key Challenge

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2024/04/18
14:41 UTC

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Book of essential/basic line cliches?

Any recommendations for a book of important line cliches? Ideally I’d like have between five and ten of them for each chord type (M7, m7, Dom7, half-diminished 7 and fully diminished).

I’m still in the “imitation” phase and I think having some essential/basic language as a springboard would be helpful. I think it would also help with my listening as it might give me a clue what to listen for.

Thank you for any assistance.

11 Comments
2024/04/17
18:37 UTC

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Jazz Guitar Tutorial - Joe Pass Style Walking Chords

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2024/04/14
01:31 UTC

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Jazz theory hw help

As the title suggests I need some help with my theory hw. Its a lot of solo analysis that I’m having trouble with. I can dm the photos of the hw and I don’t know if this is against the rules but I would be willing to do an art commission in exchange for some hw help!

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2024/04/11
17:03 UTC

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3 Reasons You're Struggling to Play Jazz

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2024/04/11
11:29 UTC

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Advice

I'm trying to learn to play the piano with No background in music other than theory and I have been interested to trying learn to play. What advice would you give for someone trying to learn jazz piano from scratch

5 Comments
2024/04/11
02:37 UTC

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Minor 2-5-1 Jazz Exercises in Fm - Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Pat Martino style

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2024/04/10
12:47 UTC

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I built a free app for jazz musicians

Hi everybody, I just released a new free app to aid with jazz practice.
I give you "Practice Flashcards" - a metronome that displays a note name (tonic) flashcard for the player that changes every bar (or how much you set it to).
With these Practice Flashcards the player can now practice chords/scales/licks/harmonic progressions, or any exercise you can come up with.

App Store:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/practice-flashcards/id6480441352?platform=iphone

Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.reameir.flashcards

12 Comments
2024/04/10
07:06 UTC

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Body & Soul - Keith Jarrett Intro Transcription

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2024/04/09
16:13 UTC

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What " I gonna make a one chorus solo " means?

I know it is a stupid question, and I know this isn't necessarily a jazz thing, but idk what it means? Im new to jazz so...

What make a solo 1 chorus or 2 chorus long mean?

4 Comments
2024/04/08
15:53 UTC

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George Benson Method books

Hi everyone, how are you? I apologise for coming here to ask this, but I have a good explanation. I want to give the George Benson Method books as a gift, but they're not available in my language (PTBR) and they're extremely expensive. As well as the books, I'm going to translate them myself to give to a very special person, my father, who is a great musician. I wonder if one of you has one and could share it? I'd be very grateful, thank you!

2 Comments
2024/04/07
15:16 UTC

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STEP-BY-STEP Jazz Guitar Tutorial: Jazz Blues Guitar Chord Progressions

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2024/04/07
02:26 UTC

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When Lights Are Low Red Garland Transcription & Performance

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2024/04/06
11:15 UTC

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As a classical pianist how can I learn jazz theory?

Although I'm classically trained and have no interest in changing to a different genre as I love classical music over all else, I have developed over the past let's say 2 years a love for jazz as well. I particularly love Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, etc. Anyway onto the point. I've wanted to learn to jazz theory for a while just for fun and I'm definitely in no hurry but there is no harm in asking what the best way for me to study jazz would be. My fear is that I accidentally read a book meant for complete beginners to music theory or accidentally read a book intended for experts. Help?

Thank you!

6 Comments
2024/04/04
23:27 UTC

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McCoy Tyner - Inception (1962), 1st Solo

Hey everyone! I know this is my second question in less than a month... Jazz is quite new to me... 'just starting to explore the album "Inception" by the McCoy Tyner Trio. I didn't find it to be that complex and inaccessible, but I still can't understand why he plays Cb (Bnatural?) and Db (Cm6b9?) in bars 14 and 15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bptY4slbxco

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2024/04/03
14:00 UTC

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Should you strictly practice ear training by humming instead of on your instrument

I've gotten to the point that I can play with no mistakes, but I still can't identify solfege as quickly as I hum, so I listen to songs and try to play them realtime. I pause it a lot though cus someone told me making mistakes is like practice doing it wrong. Should I not pause and just force myself to go as quick as possible, or does speed just come with doing it a lot. Also, I always see advice about humming to practice. Should I ONLY practice with humming (I don't do it w/ singing cus it's distracting) until I'm super good where I only have to focus on technique, or should I occasionally switch it up?

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2024/04/03
02:47 UTC

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Jazz Exercises in Gm

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2024/04/02
21:56 UTC

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