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For Jazz Students

Your Guide to Creating Your
Very Own Jazz Compositions

Have you ever wished that you could create your own original jazz composition, write it down, and share it with others? Well, believe it or not, if you can read music, you can write music! If you can play a blues, you can write a blues! In fact, if you can improvise (even if you are a beginner), you are already a composer in the making!

Jazz Composition: Theory and Practice is the one jazz theory book you must add to your library. The textbook, which includes chapters on arranging considerations, motivic composition, and fusion, is accompanied by a CD containing more than 70 minutes of music.

Click here to see a sample chapter from the definitive source for jazz theory, Jazz Composition: Theory and Practice.

Everything You Need To Know
  • The tools that have been used and perfected over the years by your predecessors - legendary jazz composers such as Duke Ellington, Tadd Dameron, Bud Powell, Oliver Nelson, and Thad Jones, as well as current artists such as Herbie Hancock, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Holman, Jim McNeely, and Maria Schneider
  • An understanding of musical form (how to get from here to there in a composition)
  • How to develop an initial idea by balancing motivic repetition with motivic variation
  • The observation of common harmonic patterns in jazz so that you can extend yourself and create new and unusual chord progressions

Jazz Composition: Theory and Practice
provides a variety of music writing exercises designed to demystify the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic components of jazz so that you can begin producing your own effective jazz compositions.

Do I believe that you can be a jazz composer? Absolutely! Why? Because over and over in my 40 years of teaching at Berklee College of Music I have seen countless students discover their inner muse, create new and effective jazz compositions, and perform them with and for others with satisfying results.

Jazz Composition: Theory and Practice

If you’d like to start writing your own jazz music, buy Jazz Composition: Theory and Practice now!

Another Resource for Enhancing Your Skills

Modern Jazz Voicings will show you how to derive voicings in fourths, clusters, and upper structure triads from correct chord scales and apply them to actual musical situations. These voicings are at the heart of the modern jazz sound!

Every jazz composer and arranger needs to be familiar with their usage. This book contains numerous recorded musical examples and a variety of music writing exercises designed to familiarize you with contemporary harmonic techniques.

Modern Jazz Voicings

Click here to buy the jazz book that will make an excellent addition to your library, Modern Jazz Voicings.