~ Acknowledgements ~

'... we get by with a little help from our friends ...'


Acknowledgements. Superheart felt thanks to these artists and educators, whom contributed to my musical education over the last 50 years or so. Today enabled by the magical hyperlink of modern text, their collective 'words of wisdom' and the 'theory of whatever' is in their words, and thus can be woven all throughout this musical arts theory e-book.

Author's note. Near all of their quotes included are paraphrased, and most cases rewritten after decades of time, so presented here in my own words to best express the artistic idea and principles I learned from their words, here and now passed along through the magics of the now ancient aural tradition.

This book's origins.

From Dr. Joyce Honeychurch at University of Alaska, Anchorage, quote from the beginning of a new era of creating curriculum; 1987 ...

"A learner's existing knowledge, energized by discovery learning through computer energized curriculums, creates a new learning universe of unknown potentials."

During teacher training college here in Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Honeychurch encouraged us to think beyond a teacher centered classroom and develop new student centered curriculum assisted through guided mentorship. This philosophy cores this e-book. Energized by curiosity, added to a learner's existing information and their own desire to succeed, and the magic of an e-book begins to appear.



To Mom, Pop and Aunt Emma.

A first music memory pour moi is of a 'casa Saturday night' with my folks, just enjoying the NJ summer shore breeze up on the avenue, the hit song "Hound Dog", and others, comin' in over the air waves. As I sang and danced along with the air waves, my Aunt Emma showed me how to snap my fingers, then find the beat of the radio song, my folks joined in and then we all together 'were clickin' right along on 2 and 4' :)

To Colin Nelson ( my nephew )

"I know I can do this Uncle Joe, it will take a while, be patient, but I'll figure it out, promise."

To Commodore Dr. Edwin Woodward ...

"Gather 'round and listen close ..."

To Dr. James B. Miller

"A way to better understand any topic is to try and teach it.
"Take the 'E' out of 'EGO' and GO !"

To college professor Dr. Elizabeth Hayden

"This next piece has been around for oh (does calcs) ... 216 years now ... ? So if you don't know of it by now then just learn of it here and now and it's yours forevermore."

To college professor Dr. Yenoin E. Guibbory

"As generations pass, there will always be a renewal of the 'avant garde."

Dr. Angelo LaMarianna

"You should know these things."


Dr. Alan Frank

"There is a colortone known as the '#15."

Larry Tuttalamundo


"Sponsor us a coffee and I'll teach ya how to spell all the chords."

Herman Matlock

"There's love and community in big band jazz."

Mike Lawshé

"Need a 'F# -7b5' voicing ... here's the latest."

Tim Paree

... "Yea J, I just feel like I'm swinging my tail off."

Dave Grippo

"Practiced my tail off and got first chair alto ..."

Sam White

"... I'm deep in 'Trane-ing ..."

Mary Kaufman

"Learn to let it go."

Jerry Laveane

"... the shape of any chord makes for a start ..."

"... see ... like this, fits like a glove."

Jeff Druck

"These are shapes for blues and jazz guitar that everybody knows."

Randy Sutton

"Let me show you how to make the metronome clicks go away and then understand 'good' time."

"The tape never lies."

"The longer between the clicks, the greater the field of imagination."

Clarke Terry

"Learn the bass line story of a song first."

"Sing the line play the line"

"Pair 1/8th notes with vowels 'a e i o u' to swing

1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and ... 1 and ...

'daadle deedle dydle doedle doodle :)

Frank Foster

"When improvising, try running just one idea or motif from the melody, through the changes and form of a song."

Paul Asbell

"Shed the interval and arpeggio studies through the five relative major / minor shapes to master the fingerboard, finding the blue notes along the way."

Big Joe Burrell

"Just love one another."

"A solo? Just chop the wood."

Cleveland Eaton

"I love to do talk about tunes, their written changes and discovering substitutions."

"There's plenty of room at the top."

Peter Kriff

"This ... is swing."

Tamzen Crocker

"Let me learn by my own mistakes."

Mrs. Favata ... my third grade teacher;

"A word to the wise is sufficient ..."

Jay Swartz

"Stay hungry ..."

Dr. Robert Hanek

"Visualizing the musical intervals as different sized building blocks for creating of the aural colors can help to understand the spatial relationships between the pitches, tonal gravity and proximity of pitch, clear as day on any piano."

Paul Jacks

"How to better practice ... that's what I want to know."

Sandra Cavillo

"Muse and composer, a Gypsy rhythm motor."

Harry Ross

"Do all the good you can,

By all the means you can,

In all the ways you can,

In all the places you can,

At all the times you can,

To all the people you can.

somebody say Amen :)

Bob Andrews

"Brother Scotsman ..."

Kenneth Blackwell

"Blues is my everything. "

Diane Hall Pendergrast

"Oh that ? That's a 'fast four' ..."

"Everybody can sing !"

John Damberg

"Leadership and creating community through music makes real and positive progress both in the individual and society."

Ken Bettisworth

"Whoa hold on man that's a cool lick, show me."

Mark Teckenbrock

"Just figure out the best possible fingering and practice it slowly first, over and over."

Kerry Maule

"Two good choruses of 12 bar blues ..."

"Keep the eyes moving when reading."

Wendy Williamson

"Know this chord yet ?"

"Everything can become a 3 6 2 5 1 :)"

Jason Agre

"Reggae riffs ... ? Try like this mon."

... and hipped me to the King Kong beat.

Claun Von Fitz

'It's gotta swing man."

Erika Ninoyu

Jazz and Taiko drummer,

Harvard scholar and leader into the future.


John Stowell

"Big band jazz arrangements are a great source for rhythm riffs, and pitches, that really swing."


Mr. Stowell graciously traveled here to the Last Frontier of Alaska in the 1990's to share his knowledge, including the principles of substitution with the melodic minor group in relation to V7, and beyond, with our University community. For some readers here, especially who have heard Stowell's work, will come to know that there's a rich palette of colors to be explored through the melodic minor substitutions.

Karen Strid Chadwick

"Learn the blues."

Darl Sharf

"And that's really what art is about.

Art is about making you think."

Mark Manners

"There's a whole upper register of pitches that needs to be explored and added in."

Lindy Raines

"An open 'G' 12 bar blues song ... ?

Start slidin' low open then get on up around the 12th fret ... and just fill in the rest."


Tracks from Raines' as a leader on the album and collection of original compositions,

"Good Things Coming My Way."


Raines with "Nitelife" 1979.

track 1
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track 8
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track 11

Included here by permission.

John 'JZ' Zuleger

... 'In show biz, you must be present to win."

... 'No money in those frets."


Gary Sloan

"Just play it primitive man."

Dave Arrowsmith

... "If the band has fun, the audience has fun."


Julia Cossman

"You can't fire me, for I am the star."

Tom Bargelski

"Play something you know won't cha's :)"

Keith Juno ...

"Upside down and backwards ... ? Naa, I'm just a self taught lefty."

Bob Parsons

A true friend for decades now, thanks for creating graphics and symbols to bring this project to completion.


Stu Shulman

"Learn a song's original recorded version first."

I often talked with Stu about how he thought about and understood his music, and who he played with over the decades, where he traveled to etc., an amazing story.

The theory idea written into this primer, as the 'diatonic 3 and 3', though in my wording, in theory comes directly from Stu, who quipped it on occasion, when talking chord progressions and music theory that; "in my world of music and in most cases, there's just a couple of places it'll go."

the 'diatonic 3 and 3'

Darren 'Harpdaddy' Smith

"Gimme' the Muddy walkdown in 'G' please."

Dan Gilanti

"Comes right off the record and it goes like this ..."

Leo Ash

"Open tune ? Capo 3rd fret and find some slide licks ?

Sure thing ..."

Eli Whitney

"We just gotta get along to make good music together."

Jeannie McCleod

For writing wonderful songs and also helping to edit.

Kevin 'King Kev' John

... "Ah yes ... that's the movable One Monsieur."

Michael Allen

... "Wind speaks to us through the chimes."

Lindianne Sarno ...

Refocused this e-book project half way through into 'understand your music.'

Matt Olson

"Through electronics is my way forward artistically."

Tom Lambert

"This is a cover band ...

so please go learn your licks off the recording."

Lela Ryterski

"Chanting is ... well enchanting :)"

Ken B Burns

"Burns' 'Jazz' series documentary is must see t.v."

band 'Moment's Notice' ...

"My college band that hipped me to Coltrane."

Dreamweaver software ...

"brings to three dimensional life the educational philosophy of exploratory learning, energized by our curiosity."

Coda Music, Finale music software ...

Makes the music and its playback this e-book possible.

John Lennon. As teens growing up in NYC metro, my mates and I skipped once in a while and went into the City for the day. We'd usually end our day trip in Central Park, and up around the East 70's, hoping to bump into The Lennon's, who were known to often go for a family walk in the park across the street. Lennon's idea, to "Give Peace A Chance', is a pillar of the philosophy of this book. A simple song, a few chords and the truth, with a true message to sing to make a better world for all.

wiki ~ John Lennon
wiki ~ Yoko Ono Lennon
John and Yoko Lennon

Used by universe permission from J. Lennon.


"Take the 'e' out of ego and go !"