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About "The Vanilla Book"

This book attempts to uncover the basic ("Vanilla") chord changes to over 400 of the most commonly played jazz "standards".

There are many good books that show how to use chord substitutions, but if the basic chord changes are not known, substitutions and embellishments often confuse the improviser and the listener.

Embellishments to basic chords such as added 6ths, 9ths, 13ths, flat 5ths etc. are usually determined by the melody notes and the style of music being played.

Chord substitutions are influenced by the style of jazz being played and the individual preference of the musicians.

The purpose of this book is to help the jazz player learn the basic "changes" and allow the player to add embellishments and substitutions on a solid framework.

Basic chord progressions are somewhat subjective. This book reflects the way I hear these tunes and is meant to be a starting point in the never ending quest for the "right" chord changes. I'm open to different opinions. I hope this can be used as a forum to discuss basic chord progressions to jazz standards.

To view the "Vanilla Book" online, and to download individual song titles:

Song Index.

For more information about "The Vanilla Book" e-mail Ralph at RalphPatt.com