Welcome to episode 193 of the LJS Podcast where today I take the often overwhelming and confusing world of jazz theory and make it simple. Jazz theory is often overcomplicated with way too much information and concepts that are unnecessary. I boil things down to the basics and help make things more understandable.
Listen to episode 193One thing that bothers me about a lot of other jazz education out there is just how difficult it is made out to be.
And this isn’t helpful, especially because for a lot of those looking from the outside in on jazz, it already seems like a complex and difficult music.
And then when it is taught with so many different scales you have to learn and a million different music theory ideas, it just makes it even more intimidating and I find that this is not helpful.
So, in today’s episode, what I want to do is basically give you essentials of jazz theory and only the essentials, make it simple, boil it down to the only jazz theory that I believe you need to know, so that we can have a better chance at moving forward with this music and learning it, improving and getting better.
In this episode:
1. What theory is good for and not good for
2. Step 1: Basic 7th Chords
3. Step 2: Scales
4. Step 3: Guidetones and Voiceleading
5. Step 4: Chord Progressions
I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!