#1
hey,

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

any info appreciated

thanks!
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#2
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
#4
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.
#5
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!
Stage Rig

Fender Strat
Epi Les Paul
Taylor 110
Boss TU-2
Omega Amps Hot Rod Deluxe (Dumble mod)
Clean/Drive/More Drive footswitch
Mid boost/Preamp boost footswitch

myspace.com/rosscooperband
#6
Bare minimum: If you're planning on playing lead, major and minor scales.

For rhythm, lots of chord voicings.
#7
Umm major

That and melodic minor will get you through an awful lot
#9
I thought jazz was more playing over chords and stuff. Rock blues is pentatonic??
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#10
Scalar approaches work in some types of jazz but for the most part chords are a more effective way of thinking.
#11
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.
#12
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.