It begins again!

I’m quite sleepy right now but i have so much to update..

i’m taking 3 classes: big band, improv, and voice…

ray said that he’ll never learn excel as he hands out a photocopied sheets for lab.

he said that beginning improv is more like jazz appreciation…

he also made a joke about how you’d get a gig at the shadow brook where they’ll try to pay you in teriyaki chicken.

the new stuff this term are the altered chords and the diminished scales…

he has us starting the diminished scales (man, i need to start that)… whole-half-whole-half… different scales going up than coming down…

our tendency is to play minor…

he said that our progress is very step like, so we just keep practicing till we reach the next step…

dimished – classical era – heavy in jazz in early 60s and hung around… Dizzy gillespie used it a lot

whole tones were also in the 60s, but no one plays those anymore..

never buy sheet music, lowest form of music / worse than fakebook, wrongbook… (1976 took off of record?)

TURN AROUND – you can’t know to put it there until you’ve been there and missed it!

2 measures for turn around – most songs are 32 bars – 4 sets of 8

we will bring our instruments in 2 weeks.. half steps, diminished up and down.

half diminished or m7b5?

“you must play, you need to put the theory into playing”

I knew the difference.. sorta… i mean i remembered that diminished takes you up or down a half step..

i couldn’t remember the minor function, and he said “don’t get weird on me”.. haha

minor takes you to a dominant up a 4th (90%)

how do we find the hard parts? by figuring out the easy parts first.


always something wrong with songs in the wrong book… building songs backwards… learn 80 songs first before knowing a good progression…

4 ways of finding a iii

  • 2 min7 in a row 1 step a part
  • 3 minors in a row up in perfect 4ths -> dominant – 3625
  • m7 ma7 up a 1/2 step and vice versa
  • what looks like 2 ii Vs in a row 1 step a part

the second dominant is a VI7 dominant or a V/ii (5 of 2) -> the turn around progression

secondary dominant is a V of something other than I.

ii subs for I

if the bass player plays 2 A’s -> D is next.. if the bass player plays A – G, then turn around…

weddings are like $180… a gig in ny is like $11 for like 8 hrs…

‘I’ makes it feel like it’s over… so iii is better…

VI7 alterations

the diff between a Fma and an Fmi is an Ab

F harmonic minor – Db Bb Ab – used on a V chord



natural and melodic are used on a I chord

dominant leading to a minor is B9b13 shows going to minor

fakebooks dom->minor, but alterations.

major 7 ending – 69 chord when Do is in the melody it is a ‘necessity’

90% of tunes end in Do

cannoncall adderly 2-6 go right to the horn

for vi

  • 2 minors in a row 625 and up a 4th dom
  • maj7 min7 down a minor 3rd
  • dom min7 up a step V vi

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