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Books on Jazz Improvisation:
Major Triad Mastery By Matt Otto
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   The major triad, built off the naturally occurring overtone series, is one of the most common melodic and harmonic structures found in nearly all types of music.  A strong grasp... More > of the major triad, in all of its inversions (root, 1st and 2nd), in all 6 orders of notes (1-3-5, 1-5-3, 3-1-5, 3-5-1, 5-1-3, 5-3-1) and in both spread and closed position will give the improvising artist, the composer and the performer a undeniable leverage point to help improve his or her musical abilities and ear. Strong melodies and harmonic voicing are often simple embellishments of major triads and through a detailed study of triadic shapes one of basic schematics of melody harmony can be strengthened and expanded upon.    By playing through this book of studies and by singing, visualizing, memorizing and otherwise  fully grasping the major triad in it's many forms, one should see steady and marked improvement in ones ear, musical skills and freedom on their instrument.  < Less
Modern Jazz Vocabulary Vol.3 Minor ii V i By Matt Otto
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Improvising over the minor ii-7, V7, i chord progression can be challenging for both the beginning and advanced jazz musician. This Book contains over 1600 Bars of minor ii-7, V7, i- melodies, licks... More > and patterns in all 12 keys. The material is designed to help one develop an aural, technical and theoretical understanding of this common chord progression in each key. The lines use a variety of rhythmic groupings, chord substitutions, triads, triad pairs, chromatics, approach notes, tensions, chord tones, non chord tones, scales, and both "inside" and "outside" concepts, all with an emphasis on melody. For more information visit mattotto.org Matt Otto Studied Jazz Performance and Composition at: Indiana University Berklee School of Music The New School for Social Research (BFA) California Institute of the Arts (MFA) He is currently on faculty at the University of Kansas.< Less
Modern Jazz Vocabulary Vol. 2 By Matt Otto
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Modern Jazz Vocabulary Vol. 2 Is an in depth study of the classic II-V-I progression found commonly in jazz improvisation. The nearly 300 melodic examples incorporate rhythmic groupings, triad... More > pairs, enclosures, chromatics, synthetic scales, chord substitutions and more.< Less
Matt Otto Lessons 1 - 22 By Matt Otto
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This book on Jazz Improvisation includes studies in... 1. Spread Triads 2. Fourths 3. Rhythm Changes 4. 13th Chord Arpeggios 5. Major 7 #5 Chords over Dominant 7ths 6. ii-V-I using triads 7.... More > Voicing Based Melody 8. Whole Tone Melody 9. Spread Triads Embellished 10. Lydian Melody in 5ths. 11. Diminished Melody 12. Intervalic Melody 13. Major 7 with #9 and #11 14. ii-V-i using Chromatic Scales ...and more. Each study is written in all 12 keys. This material could be thought of as a catalyst or spring board to creative improvising, perhaps an inspiration for new ideas, shapes and sounds.< Less