Click to preview Modern Jazz Vocabulary Vol. 1 pocket and trade book

A creative introduction to the harmonic major scale and its use in developing an original language for Jazz improvisation. Several tools for unique melodic and harmonic construction are covered in this book, including:

Melodic Sequences,
Random Intervals,
Triad Pairs,
Modes and Chords,
Rhythmic Displacement,
Cycle Motion Wheels,
and ii V7 I progressions.


About the Author

Matt Otto
mattotto Kansas City, MO, USA
Born in 1967, Matt Otto began playing piano at 3 and saxophone at 9, at 15 he began playing local jazz gigs on alto sax. After attended Indiana University, Berklee School of Music, and receiving his B.A. From The New School for Social Research (Mannes Jazz), he graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a Masters in fine arts. Matt has recorded 6 Cd's as a leader and appeared on over 20 Cd's as a side man. He has played with Anthony Wilson, Gregory Hutchinson, Ben Monder, Larry Goldings, Steve Cardenas, Ben Street and many others. Now Matt works as a side man in Kansas City, teaches privately and records and gigs with his original quartet. Visit or for further information.

Publish Date  January 03, 2010

Dimensions  Pocket  40 pgs Black and White printing (on cream uncoated paper)

Category  Education

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Comments (10)


yebga says

Dear matt
i purchased mod jazz vocab vol 1
to what correspond lesson 7 using 7 major n sharp 5
exercise you play on the video ......
what chapter ? there s chapter 7

posted at 04:28pm Mar 11 PST


4Sl2GbwP says

Hello Matt,

Your site is over the top....I have bought 2 of your books as well as made a small contribution..and I must admit I have received much more than the cost of the books and donation....just wanted to say thank you for your love of music and commitment to teaching...and sorry i missed the offer on the Shinning C. D. maybe it will come up again,


posted at 09:13am Oct 23 PST


hopkinsphil says

Hey Matt,
I live in the U.K and was wondering would you ship here?,
Many Thanks Phil :)

posted at 05:23pm Feb 17 PST


jazzer07 says

Hi Matt thanks for this material, but how I can do to
buy it because I live in Reynosa, tamps.Mexico. and I really
interested to know how I can buy your books ok thanks, greetings.

posted at 07:53pm Jan 31 PST


mattotto says

Thanks JaynFP! I'm glad you like the book. I was hoping the size would allow for easy transport in a instrument case or a back pocket. I might go up one size plus spiral bound for the next one. Thanks again, Matt

posted at 04:30pm Oct 08 PST


JaynFP says

I just got your book. The size is great and the information and exercises are wonderfully clear! I have been looking for something like this that would help me begin to expand my language in a thoughtful way...
many thanks for writing this!

posted at 04:24pm Oct 08 PST


mattotto says

Bob, thanks for the comment. I hope you enjoy the book, let me know if you have any questions.

posted at 10:04am Apr 07 PST


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