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Chapter 1: Building Blocks

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    The Language of Jazz (3:27)


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    Chord Functions and Voicings (6:25)


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    Extensions (6:51)


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    Guide Tones (11:03)


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    The Blues (10:01)


Chapter 2: Chords and Voicings

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    System A and System B Voicings (7:46)


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    Four Note Rootless Voicings (10:22)


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    Walking Bass Lines (10:28)


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    It Don't Mean a Thing... (12:20)


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    Comping Rhythms (9:05)


Chapter 3: Scales, Licks and Motifs

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    Three to Nine (7:19)


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    Pivot Exercises (9:37)


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    Major Scale Harmony (11:04)


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    Melodic Minor Scale Harmony (11:32)


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    Mixolydian Altered Exercises (10:43)


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    Jazz Scales (9:44)


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    Neighboring Tones (10:33)


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    ii-V-l Licks (7:30)


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    More Major ii-V-l Lines (9:51)


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    Minor ii-V-I Lines (7:27)


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    Whole Tone Scale Patterns (7:49)


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    Diminished Scale Patterns (7:56)


Chapter 4: Modal Approaches and Concepts

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    Pentatonic Equivalences (7:12)


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    Pentatonic Patterns (13:34)


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    The Kumoi Scale in Action (8:39)


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    Pentatonic, Dorian and Kumoi Voicings (8:15)


Chapter 5: Chord Substitutions

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    Drop 2 Voicings (4:59)


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    Tritone Substitutions (11:11)


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    Chord Subs and Reharmonizations (9:22)


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    Blues and I Got Rhythm Chord Subs (12:05)


Chapter 6: Putting It All Together

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    Standard Endings (6:49)


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    Necessary System (3:44)


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    Overview and Bass Part (4:35)


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    Melody and Drums (10:31)


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    Piano Solo (10:32)


Presented by music theory master Eli Krantzberg, this collection of video tutorials focuses on all that is Jazz.

This information in this series is the "tried and true" jazz theory and methods taught in music schools and colleges around the world. The series was developed for beginners who want to get into Jazz music, and learn the necessary basics, as well as more advanced topics about this long standing art form.

First you'll be shown jazz theory basics such as how jazz chords and chord progressions are derived, and the foundation for constructing chord voicings. Then, Eli explores useful systems of chord voicings, and how to play and integrate them with bass and drums. Next, you'll see how to develop melodic sensibilities and approaches for improvising over standard chord progressions using the appropriate scales and motivic devices. Scales, licks and modes are then covered as well as modes and chord substitutions. Finally, Eli wraps it all up with a real world musical collaboration with jazz guitarist Doug Zangar.

If you're ready to get jazzed, get Jazz Theory Explained today.


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temporalspaceclub
Submitted 10 months ago

Brilliant

A thorough introduction to the art and language of Jazz! There's a lot of material here that I will be returning to over and over again in the next few months until I've mastered it :) especially as a guitarist, it's inspired me to get my keyboard playing together more to approach things from a different perspective.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase, Reason

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Janka
Submitted 1 year ago

Lots of useful info

As usual Eli does a great job. Looking forward to practice using some of the demonstrated concepts.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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musicmanboy
Submitted 1 year ago

fanatastic !

right to the point - he focuses on the key, core principles to get you playing right away.

I am a: Musician

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John
Submitted 1 year ago

This is a great course for learning jazz

this course covers many of the basic principals of jazz and is a fantastic way into the genre

I am a: Hobbyist

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Chas
Submitted 2 years ago

Clear, concise, articulate...

In addition to my composing interests, I do a LOT of voiceover work (been in the entertainment business for 40+ years - film and television acting) so I know good work from bad work. This series is well produced and the narrator/tutor did a fine job...

I am a: Professional

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erhanakd
Submitted 2 years ago

Awesome!

I am not a beginner and I am a guitarist. He explains all the key concepts as a guitarist will understand and apply too.

I am a: Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Jazz Theory Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Brilliant A thorough introduction to the art and language of Jazz! There's a lot of material here that I will be returning to over and over again in the next few months until I've mastered it :) especially as a guitarist, it's inspired me to get my keyboard playing together more to approach things from a different perspective.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Lots of useful info As usual Eli does a great job. Looking forward to practice using some of the demonstrated concepts.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from fanatastic ! right to the point - he focuses on the key, core principles to get you playing right away.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is a great course for learning jazz this course covers many of the basic principals of jazz and is a fantastic way into the genre
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear, concise, articulate... In addition to my composing interests, I do a LOT of voiceover work (been in the entertainment business for 40+ years - film and television acting) so I know good work from bad work. This series is well produced and the narrator/tutor did a fine job...
Date published: 2016-10-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome! I am not a beginner and I am a guitarist. He explains all the key concepts as a guitarist will understand and apply too.
Date published: 2016-10-10