Jazz Chord/Scale Handbook


The Jazz Chord/Scale Handbook, 2nd. Edition
by Gary Keller


A systematized guide to understanding virtually all the common (and many uncommon) scales and chord relationships used in jazz improvisation and composition. Based on the principle of harmonic systems, the handbook organizes the various modes of major, melodic and harmonic minor, harmonic major, as well as nine different symmetric scales, pentatonic scales, blues scales, and more. Most importantly, each scale is presented with the appropriate modal and functional chord voicings, information about common usage, and examples from the recorded literature. The second edition includes more scales, more examples, and is packed with other new information, all in a compact, easy to carry size. A unique reference work and a great value!

The Jazz Chord/Scale Handbook is now available online from Kendor Music or Jamey Aebersold Jazz Books


The Jazz Chord/Scale Handbook is packed with useful information on chord and scale theory. This book gives a comprehensive look at how scales generate harmony, and the voicings and examples put everything into a tangible perspective. An excellent primer to my texts on jazz composition.”
Ron Miller, Professor of Jazz Composition, University of Miami

“Gary Keller’s book is a clean and clear reference on jazz harmony. From the simplest functional chords to the hippest modal colors, the book is organized to be useful to musicians at any level. I highly recommend it to all my students.”
David Pope, Professor of Saxophone, James Madison University

“The Jazz Chord Scale Handbook is a great resource for traditional and contemporary music. Gary covers just about every chord from the basic parent scales and symmetrical scales. I use this book as a springboard to teach contemporary improvisation and composition.”
Ed Tomassi, Professor, Berklee College of Music