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Music Theory

In this section we cover the fundamental concepts of music theory, tailored to provide a solid foundation for understanding the principles that govern music. Music theory is complex, but these articles aim to break down each concept to make them easy to understand.

  • April 05, 2021

    In this article you'll find every chord symbol you are likely to encounter while playing from lead sheets or The Real Book. Everything from chord symbols with triangles, circles or chord extension are explained here in detail.

    Josh Walsh
  • March 22, 2021

    The melodic minor scale provides all kinds of different options for soloing over altered dominant chords. In this article we explore each of the 7 modes of the melodic scale, and how they work over different chords.

    Josh Walsh
  • April 27, 2020

    The Tonnetz is a 2-dimensional mesh which maps the tonal landscape of western music. It serves as an analytical tools for understanding the theoretical structure of our music.

    Josh Walsh
  • March 14, 2020

    The overtone series is the physics behind all western music, including jazz. It is the bedrock of everything we do as jazz musicians.

    Josh Walsh

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