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#3130696 06/23/21 09:03 AM
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Some time ago i bought a book on jazz harmony, but back then i had no time to study it so it's been on the shelf for a year and a half, until recently i 've started to go through it.

The title is Jazz Harmony , and the author is Frank Sikora.

And I'm thrilled about its content. Of course there's no magic formula that gets you into being a jazz virtuoso. But so many ideas, deep explanation of concepts. I've been for years in the plateau of knowing the basics of music and harmony but not knowing how to proceed to really get to the next level. And this book has it all. If i manage to keep practising on its ideas for a couple of years, my improvement will be huge.

Totally recomendable if you have the chance to look at it.

For people at intermediate stage. Begginers may be a little bit confused, and experts may not find anything new.

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Read the introduction and table of contents here:
https://assets.sheetmusicplus.com/promos/JazzHarmony_Sikora_Introduction.pdf

One can flip through the whole book with the "low resolution" scan of the book. I like this method of previewing (it takes a minute to download):

https://en.schott-music.com/shop/jazz-harmony-no326750.html?___SID=U

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Originally Posted by newer player
One can flip through the whole book with the "low resolution" scan of the book. I like this method of previewing (it takes a minute to download):

https://en.schott-music.com/shop/jazz-harmony-no326750.html?___SID=U

I checked that download link.
What you can download there is not the actual content of the paper book, but an appendix that digs into several aside concepts. The real content of the book is much better in my opinion, and a great tool to really understand how harmony works. The apendix is a great complement. But it isn't what makes the book so great.

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Schott Music is the Bomb, I just bought a complete transcription of Keith Jarrett's The Melody at Night with You which they published with Keith's approval..

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One can flip through the whole book with the "low resolution" scan of the book. I like this method of previewing (it takes a minute to download):

https://en.schott-music.com/shop/jazz-harmony-no326750.html?___SID=U

I checked that download link.
What you can download there is not the actual content of the paper book, but an appendix that digs into several aside concepts. The real content of the book is much better in my opinion, and a great tool to really understand how harmony works. The apendix is a great complement. But it isn't what makes the book so great.
If you click on the blue loop labeled "Preview" (see the picture of the book cover) that opens a preview of all the pages (albeit in low resolution with some of the page missing. It takes a minute to load up.

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Judging by the content and capacity, the book is actually an encyclopedic guide to the study of jazz, and it is doubtful how convenient it is for students. Ron Miller and Bert Ligon divided their smaller textbooks into two parts.

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One can flip through the whole book with the "low resolution" scan of the book. I like this method of previewing (it takes a minute to download):

https://en.schott-music.com/shop/jazz-harmony-no326750.html?___SID=U

I checked that download link.
What you can download there is not the actual content of the paper book, but an appendix that digs into several aside concepts. The real content of the book is much better in my opinion, and a great tool to really understand how harmony works. The apendix is a great complement. But it isn't what makes the book so great.
If you click on the blue loop labeled "Preview" (see the picture of the book cover) that opens a preview of all the pages (albeit in low resolution with some of the page missing. It takes a minute to load up.

Ah yes, i see, thankyou.

Originally Posted by Nahum
Judging by the content and capacity, the book is actually an encyclopedic guide to the study of jazz, and it is doubtful how convenient it is for students. Ron Miller and Bert Ligon divided their smaller textbooks into two parts.


One of the best things i find about this book is that it explains how things are, but also why they are how they are. And it is very good in both ways. For example when it goes into chord substitution, it not just tells you can substitute this chord ford this chord, but explains the leading tones, and why leading tones are leading tones, and how chords work depending on them. It gives a very solid foundation of music practice and theory. The only problem is that i think it will take years to go through the whole of it.


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