Harmony and Theory

Bass TeacherAlmost all of the music we hear in the west is derived from the pedagogy of western harmony and theory which is based primarily on the major scale. Over the past two centuries, musical idioms, scales, and musical ideas have been incorporated into the Western musical tradition, creating many different styles of music, including blues, rock and roll, and jazz. Of all these styles, jazz incorporates the most advanced musical concepts. This is not to say that jazz is better or worse than any other type of music, but we can say that in general, jazz tends to be more complex from a technical standpoint.

As a result, it behooves us to study jazz harmony and theory during bass lessons, even if we don’t intend to play jazz, because if we have a comprehensive understanding of the most complex manifestations of music theory, then we know how to deal with practically any musical situation. In addition, many of the concepts that exist in jazz show up in other forms of music all the time, and if we are familiar with them, we have an even broader vocabulary with which to “speak.”

When you take music theory lessons with me, you will learn all the major scales, the modes, the minor scales (melodic and harmonic,) and the various altered scales. In addition, you will learn how to spell triads, seventh, ninth, eleven, and thirteen chords, and what scales to play when you encounter these chords.