Jazz Chord/Scale Handbook

The Jazz Chord/Scale Handbook, 2nd. Edition

by Gary Keller

Third edition in progress!

Many teachers and students have inquired about the staus of the Jazz Chord/Scale Handbook. It is currently out of print and will no longer be part of the Advance Music catalog. I have decided to self publish the book and I am in the process of updating a third edition to reflect information and concepts developed over the twenty years of teaching theory since the book was originally published. Stay tuned to this page for up to date info about when and how to access the book, and thank you for your patience!

The Jazz Chord/Scale Handbook is 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 third 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 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