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The main purpose of this book is to give the student an inside view of Jazz Standard chord progressions by showing my analysis of a considerable number of complete songs.

I had already been playing and transcribing for 20 years or more when I came across the method in Harmony with LEGO Bricks. I was already familiar with many of the bricks from my analysis, but in a less organised way. Listing the bricks added structure to that and allowed songs that were in my inner ear to reach my fingers because I can now turn the sounds into known bricks. Once you make this connection, learning new songs can be trivial.

Now, for me, playing songs in different keys is something I commonly do on the band stand. Accompanying singers without preparation is viable, rather than being a nightmare.

The student faced with learning a basic repertoire of jazz standards in order to be able to survive on the bandstand is faced with a list of problems. Even when a list of songs to be learned has been selected, there are then several barriers remaining (getting hold of books containing the songs, or transcribing them and then analysing the chords progressions into a form that can be memorised). In order to give the reader a hand with this, I provide analysed chord progressions for a couple of hundred of the most commonly played jazz standards.

It is my belief that songs are most easily learned if they are presented in a simple, logical, and above all visual manner so as to appeal to the various ways that the brain works. Therefore, each song is presented as a "Brick Wall" showing how the bricks and the joins relate to the chord progression while also clearly showing the shape of the song structure.

There is a very useful discussion group (with a FAQ) for the Harmony with LEGO Bricks approach.






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