Jazz Scales I should know


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05-16-2008, 09:59 PM

I'm sitting in with a jazz band tomorrow.........what scales/chords/theory should i know?

any info appreciated


05-16-2008, 10:12 PM
Every one. Seriously. there is a reason Jazz is the hardest kind of music to play. Go look up every funky chord, every crazy scale, everything you can find and suck in in one night

05-16-2008, 10:12 PM
Major, Minor, and Dominant 7 chords. Is it a school jazz band?

Blaster Bob
05-16-2008, 10:12 PM
holy crap man. Like, all of them/all of them/all of it.

If I were you I would learn all the voicings of the major scale, and, well, lots and lots of chords of the three and four note variety. No cowboy chords in jazz.

05-16-2008, 11:07 PM
ok ok......i cant learn every scale/chord in one night.......what are some ABSOLUTLEY necessary ones i should know? fyi im going to learn everything soon.......but this is just for tomorrow. i know im not at all ready but im going to give it a shot. and no, its not a school band.


Blaster Bob
05-17-2008, 02:51 AM
Bare minimum: If you're planning on playing lead, major and minor scales.

For rhythm, lots of chord voicings.

05-17-2008, 07:14 PM
Umm major

That and melodic minor will get you through an awful lot

05-17-2008, 09:35 PM
Harmonic Minor

Pink Zeptallica
05-18-2008, 09:01 AM
I thought jazz was more playing over chords and stuff. Rock blues is pentatonic??

05-18-2008, 11:30 AM
Scalar approaches work in some types of jazz but for the most part chords are a more effective way of thinking.

05-18-2008, 11:28 PM
diminished/diminished 7, major 7ths, and 6 chords are used a lot in jazz
also, some commonly used jazz scales are whole tone (difficult to work with), melodic minor, lydian, dorian, and pentitonic/blues (not very often though).

keep in mind that writing in jazz will be impossible without wide knowledge of theory.

05-18-2008, 11:52 PM
people go on about the theory in jazz but many forget that jazz is primarily (that is, first and foremost) an oral/aural idiom

The specific elements that make jazz jazz (give it its identity, define, create) are only learnable by extensive listening and imitation.

Learn how to read/write sheet and how to spell triads and you're basically good to go as long as you've got a healthy collection you can put some serious listening/transcribing to work with.