Jazz Scales I should know


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LP51122
05-16-2008, 09:59 PM
hey,

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

any info appreciated

thanks!

Coulterboyz
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

braindead...
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.

LP51122
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.

thanks!

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.

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

That and melodic minor will get you through an awful lot

TroM
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??

Nick_
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.

EddieCraig
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.

Nick_
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.