"It’s like a language. You learn the alphabet, which are the scales. You learn sentences, which are the chords. And then you talk extemporaneously with the horn. It’s a wonderful thing to speak extemporaneously, which is something I’ve never gotten the hang of. But musically I love to talk just off the top of my head. And that’s what jazz music is all about." -- Stan Getz
Here is some information that is available online and so important to know.
intervallic relationships to the root of the chord. This provides an accurate and easily understandable basis for working out these chords in each key.
The terms used to describe intervals are as follows:
- r = root of the chord
- ♭2 = minor second = 1 semitone above root
- 2 = major second = 2 semitones above root
- ♯2 = augmented second = 3 semitones above the root
- ♭3 = minor third = 3 semitones above the root
- 3 = major third = 4 semitones above the root
- 4 = perfect fourth = 5 semitones above the root
- ♯4 = augmented fourth (tritone) = 6 semitones above the root
- ♭5 = diminished fifth (tritone) = 6 semitones above the root
- 5 = perfect fifth = 7 semitones above the root
- ♯5 = augmented fifth = 8 semitones above the root
- ♭6 = minor sixth = 8 semitones above the root
- 6 = major sixth = 9 semitones above the root
- 7 = minor seventh = 10 semitones above the root
- M7 = major seventh = 11 semitones above the root
One of my all time favorite songs that was tops on the charts in 1964, The Girl from Ipanema!
Here is the chord chart. I just love the gentle groove of bossa nova music. How about you?
Fm7 Tall and tan and young and lovely, G7 the girl from Ipanema goes walking Gm7 F#7 Fm7 F#7 and when she passes, each one she passes goes...'aaaah.' Fm7 When she walks, she's like a Samba G7 that swings so cool and sways so gentle, Gm7 F#7 Fm7 that when she passes, each one she passes goes...'aaaah.' CHORUS: F#+7 F#7 C9 Oh, but I watch her so sadly, F#m7 D9 how can I tell her I love her? Gm Gm7 Yes, I would give my heart gladly... Am7 Dm7-5 But each day, when she walks to the sea, Gm7 F# she looks straight ahead, not at me. Fm7 Tall, and tan, and young, and lovely, G7 the girl from Ipanema goes walking, Gm7 F#7 Fm7 and when she passes, I smile..but she doesn't see. F#7 Fm7 F#7 No,she doesn't see, she doesn't see. Fm7 She just doesn't see.
Do you have a favorite Stan Getz song?
You'll find an ear training software that is available through Hear and Play, called Pitch. When you have the time, you might want to look into it.
"Jazz washes away the dust of every day life." -- Art Blakey