Hi Alan,. Just received a copy of your book. I have been fascinated by this method. He and Barry have been very successful with the diminished approach. Pianist Barry Harris’ method which outlines a more summarized, yet in-depth, approach to jazz harmony. Method adapted for guitar by Alan Kingstone. Thread: Kingstone/Harris Harmonic Method for Guitar I know there is a dedicated Barry Harris thread, but most of it is focussed on single line improvisation. Alan’s book doesn’t really seem focussed on that (although maybe .

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The “mover” on the other hand, understands harmonuc chords come from scales and thereby learns to approach chording in a more fluid fashion. In particular, I was amazed that the majority of bebop could be contained within just three chords: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

The Barry Harris Harmonic Method for Guitar – Howard Rees’ Jazz Workshops

The book doesn’t present a new harmony, but a new way of seeing jazz harmony beyond the confusion of “well it doesn’t have any notes in the key of C or in the chord G7, but we’ll call it a G7 in the key of C anyway because it sort of functions that way. It is a very practical and organized way of looking at chord movement applied to the areas of accompaniment, arranging and composition. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Get to Know Us. When was the last time you listened to the symphony, for instance, and said oh yeah, Am7b5 – D7.

Suddenly the musical ceiling gets raised and points us back to the purpose behind this book. I think of it as a choice you have when planning a trip.

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I gave this a well-deserved five stars, and I think you should order it now. He is truly a master and as you well know he was the first cat to teach jazz in a methof way. Prices subject to change without notice.


This is NOT just another jazz guitar book, of which you probably already own dozens, most rehashing the same topics. Wish Lists Sign In. This doesn’t make you sound like anyone in particular, it just helps you to gutiar a vast amount of musical possibilities in a fun and accessible way, and, in this case, that can’t be overstated.

Ahrris 7th, Major 6th and Minor 6th. It’s not that the classical folks don’t play chords, they just know something about getting from one to the next in an unobvious manner.

He and Barry have been very successful with the diminished approach.

The Drop 2 Book. You could board a jet plane at point A, zone out for a while in the generic looking cabin, step off at point B to take in a meal and a concert, and then fly on another generic jet where you zone out nethod another 2 hours before reaching point C for some more site seeing. Either one becomes a “hitter” or, one becomes a “mover”.

What I mean is that a theory works for a while, but as our knowledge progresses, that same theory becomes bogged down with more and more addendum and exceptions to keep it in agreement baxry known reality. Three-Note Voicings and Beyond. They probably don’t realize that I come to school mehhod, too. The worldwide leader in jazz improvisation educational materials for over 50 years!

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Factoring in “borrowing” from neighbor chords while harmonizing, all sorts of exotic chords can result. As well, kingsotne realizes that the interesting spots in music, whether you are comping, harmonizing a melody or writing an arrangement, are the places in between the chord symbols.

In fact, I prefer to think — movement-to-movement — as opposed to chord to chord.


Lastly you’ll learn that any dominant chord has a parent diminished chord and that the 3 parent diminished chords each forms 4 dominant chords by lowering one note and that any of these 4 dominants can be substituted over any of the 4 related dominant roots to form various “alt” forms.

This is where Barry Harris comes in. Studying the concepts put forth in this book will not teach you a set of hip sounding voicings. None of the notes one plays are in the key of C or even in the chord G7, but we still try to force it into our little universe that says everything is a ii, a V or a I of the key we are in. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

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What you will find herein are the structural components, as mapped out and developed by jazz giant Barry Harris, that will guide and aid you on your own personal road to discovery. You won’t come out sounding like everyone else – and that’s the good news! I am still on the first page of the workouts but I already have a very different perception and skill that is popping out.

I’ve only worked through this a little bit along with the similar Roni Ben Hur DVD “Chordability” and for me this really fills in some gaps. I expected a lot from this one and after practicing it a bit, I didn’t find it that innovative and usable Great work and may I bug you with a question or two along the way.