Brian Dickinson: The Ears Have Walls - An Approach to Ear Training for the Jazz Improviser

Brian Dickinson: The Ears Have Walls - An Approach to Ear Training for the Jazz Improviser

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The Ears Have Walls is a comprehensive approach to ear training that will greatly improve every player's grasp of harmonic, melodic and rhythmic concepts.

Although geared to the jazz improviser, this book will prove beneficial to all types of players and all instruments. The varied examples in this book cover extensive musical vocabulary starting from simple diatonic melodies and chord progressions, working through modal, bop and pentatonic ideas. Beginners to seasoned professionals will find that The Ears Have Walls can help them to become more fluent improvisers.

The three accompanying CD recordings offer hours of practice in hearing the chords, intervals and progressions a contemporary jazz player needs to be familiar with.

Chapter Topics include:

Chapter 1 - Intervals and Three-Part Chords
Chapter 2 - Four-Part Chords, Diatonic Melody
Chapter 3 - Modes, Chord Progressions and Rhythm
Chapter 4 - Ninth Chords, Melodic Minor and Modes of Melodic Minor
Chapter 5 - Harmonic Minor Scale, Chord Progressions and Rhythm
Chapter 6 - Chords to the 11th, Bop Scales
Chapter 7 - Chords to the 13th, Diminished Whole-Tone and Half-Whole Diminished Scales
Chapter 8 - Minor (maj9), Major 7(#5), Major 9(#5) Chords; Whole-Tone, Whole-Half Diminished, and Augmented Scales
Chapter 9 - Upper Structure Voicings, Pentatonics

The author has used the ear training system detailed in this book over many years and it has proven to be very successful.

Bk/3CDs, 188 pages