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An excellent idea! I already know a fair bit about jazz theory but have still yet to do anything about applying it, class exercises or something similar might be a good idea, if you have the time.

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An excellent idea! I already know a fair bit about jazz theory but have still yet to do anything about applying it, class exercises or something similar might be a good idea...


Cool! Exercises.

I'm not really sure where I'm going to go yet with this thread - any suggestions, questions, or areas you (or anyone) would like to cover? I hope this'll open up into some discussion - I don't want to be just throwing random knowledge at you folks.

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You might consider extending the simple triadic examples above by moving onto more complex flavours of figured bass. :)
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I'd very much like to learn more about how I can apply any of the knowledge I have of jazz harmony etc and apply it to my other music, but that sort of thing may have to wait until you've covered basic jazz theory in a purely jazz context.

I'd like to learn a little more about the theory behind modal jazz, I understand the modes and how to apply them, but I've never had much success improvising over so what, for example.

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You might consider extending the simple triadic examples above by moving onto more complex flavours of figured bass. :)


Figured bass and jazz, YAY!

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You might consider extending the simple triadic examples above by moving onto more complex flavours of figured bass. :)


Okay, - I'll use basic 7th chords as our starting point, I just want to make sure everyone understands the construction of diatonic chords.

Now, when you say 'figured bass', I hope you're just meaning Roman Numeral indications of scale degrees...I don't have a firm grasp of actual figured bass (6, 6/9 inversions etc. ??)

I'd very much like to learn more about how I can apply any of the knowledge I have of jazz harmony etc and apply it to my other music...

I'd like to learn a little more about the theory behind modal jazz, I understand the modes and how to apply them, but I've never had much success improvising over so what, for example.


Okay, thanks for the input. This'll give this thread a bit more direction and purpose.

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Thanks for this Robin, I'm looking forward to learning lots.:)
I don't really have any suggestions, whatever you want to teach, I'll try and learn.:)

Stop being so rational. :P


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That's a B half diminished, bud.

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That's a B half diminished, bud.


HAHAHAHA....oops.


Fixed.

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Robin, I have a question: When a piece/song is composed in a certain mode like locrian or whatnot, does the normal key signature have to be there? Example, if it was in B major, would you have to to have 5 sharps and still naturalize them every time, or would it be the key signature of C?

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