Volume I in the Jazz Guitar Series. It deals with the fundamentals of jazz guitar and was written to help musicians who already have a basic knowledge of functional harmony and are in what I call the “just do it” phase of learning.Topics covered are: Major and minor scales, Basic modes, Long and short arpeggios. Fingerings and exercises are also given to help develop technique. The second section deals with fingerboard harmony and includes topics from basic diatonic function , turn-arounds secondary dominants and tritone substitutions in a workbook form.The purpose of this book is to help you develop the technique and the basic harmonic skills needed to function as a jazz guitarist. NOTHING IN THIS BOOK IS OF A THEORETICAL NATURE. It contains real world, commonly used techniques in the performance of jazz. Much of the material can also be applied to other styles of music.
by Bill Farrish
Covers the basics, how to read notes on the staff, intervals, major and minor scales, key signatures, triads, inversions, basic rhythms and song forms, chord charts and lead sheets. Designed for complete beginners regardless of instrument. It’s the same text I use in my Basic Musicianship courses. If you’re looking to prep for a jazz/commercial college program and have no experience in music theory this will get you on the right track. All explanations are simple and to the point. Also great for anyone looking to understand the basics.
by Bill Farrish
Basic Jazz/ Commercial Harmony Bill Farrish “This is a well-organized, well-presented overview of modern harmony. Bill guides the reader through the increasingly complex tangle of scale/chordal harmony with clarity and ample opportunity for the reader to practice, perfect and implement each concept. Bill Farrish has created a great workbook for all instruments, I highly recommend it”. Prof. Doug Munro, Director Emeritus Jazz Studies, Purchase College SUNY
This book is intended to give the student of Jazz/Commercial Music a working knowledge of applied Major Key Harmony. This book is in no way considered as a be all end all text. The serious student of music is encouraged to continue his/her study of harmony well beyond these pages. Upon completion of this book you will have a harmonic practice guide. The student is also encouraged to learn all of the techniques presented in all keys on his/her instrument.