Review of “Triad Pairs for Jazz” By Gary Campbell

According to the author Gary Campbell “The focus of this book is on mastering the manipulation of triad pairs while presenting a general guide to determining chord applications”.

Before I read this book I read Walt Wieskopfs Intervalic Improvisation book. I’m glad I read Intervalic Improvisation first because the explanation of how triad pairs are derived and applied seemed to be more detailed. The author recommends his book “Connecting Jazz Theory” for an in-depth study of applications.

This book has a wealth of exercises using three and four note triad pairs. The exercises are designed to show how the triad pairs can be mixed up to provide additional interest and variety. The author has sections in the book that provide examples of how triad pairs can be linked together. Also included is the use of “Approach Tone Variations” ( e.g. using the lower neighbor tones), Triad pair mutation ( e.g. two notes from one triad and four notes from another triad ). The book ends with several example solos that are based upon using triad pairs.

If you are interested in studying triad pars in jazz improvisation – this book is for you.

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Review of “Intervalic Improvisation” by Walt Weiskopf

Intervalic Improvisation The Modern Sound: A Step Beyond Linear Improvisation by Walt Weiskopf  is a book that provides an introduction to improvising using intervals.

Many jazz improvisors learn linear improvisation. Linear improvisation is basically learning what scale to play over various chord changes. For every scale there are one or more triad pairs that work or sound good over a particular chord.

This book works for all instruments.

Pages 4-19 of the book are used to derive triad pairs from the major scale, harmonic minor scale, melodic minor scale, diminished scale, harmonic major scale, whole tone scale and augmented scale.  Pages 24-93 include exercises and patterns. The last section of the book contains etudes that provide examples of how intervalic improvisation can be used.

This is a very good book that I suggest that you study.

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While you are at it you should also consider some of Walt’s music. Walt is an awesome player!