This is the definitive study of chord
progressions of hundreds of carefully
chosen tunes from the jazz musician's
repertoire, comparing them, linking them
together by commonalities, and codifying
harmonic traits that will clarify the reader's
understanding of how progressions
It not only provides the means to learn
and memorize tunes more easily, but also
becomes the key to acquiring the skill to
cognize progressions by ear!
There is more. The Preface explains how
we hear and understand music, establishes
the methods by which we can learn to
develop our musical hearing more
efficiently, and addresses the importance
of attitudes, as they affect the learning
process. The Afterword offers further
encouragement, suggests ways to continue
to study, and ways to personalize the
materials beyond what is presented here.
Appendix A reveals the valuable list of
nearly 500 tunes used in this study,
indicating which tunes contain more than
one harmonic trait, which facilitates more
efficient choices of tunes to learn.
Appendix B renders valuable, ear-opening
tips for ear training. And Appendix C
illustrates "road maps" for ten tunes,
showing how progressions can be more
easily understood, memorized, played,
and transposed to any key!