This is a definitive study of chord progressions of hundreds of carefully chosen tunes from the jazz musicians repertoire -- comparing them, linking them together by commonalities, and codifying harmonic traits that will clarify the readers understanding of how progressions "work." It not only provides the means to learn and memorize tunes more easily, but also becomes a key to acquiring the skill to cognize progressions by ear!
The Preface explains how one hears and understands music, establishes the methods by which one can learn to develop musical hearing more efficiently, and addresses the importance of attitudes, as they affect the learning process. The Afterword offers further encouragement, suggests ways to continue to study, and ways to personalize the materials beyond what is presented within the text.
Appendix A reveals a valuable list of nearly 500 tunes, used in the study, and indicates which tunes contain more than one harmonic trait, and which facilitate more efficient choices of tunes to learn. Appendix B renders valuable, ear-opening tips for ear training, and Appendix C illustrates "road maps" for ten tunes, showing how progressions can be more easily understood, memorized, played, and transposed to any key!