This book is the second part to the music theory book I published in 1988. The exceptionally positive reception to the book encouraged me to discuss further aspects of modern music theory in this new book. As stated in the first volume, this book series is published in several parts. This second book looks at the progression of harmonic elements.
Just like the first book, this book is also intended to be a musical workbook for all musicians. It is for instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, music teachers, pupils and music students from all musical genres. The following excerpt on ‘Using this Book’ explains how to work with Die Neue Harmonielehre (‘The New Harmony Book’).
At this point, it is important I explain a fundamental difference between the scientific and musical approaches to music theory and improvisation theory. ‘Die neue Harmonielehre’ (‘The New Harmony Book’) can provide the key knowledge needed for the art of musical improvisation, yet it is not for this book to instruct the reader in this art.
This music theory book instead aims to highlight the links between notes, scales and chords. It ultimately describes the organisation, systematisation and designation of the tonal material that is used in modern music theory. As such, I would like to distance myself from the widespread opinion that the results of a harmonic analysis correspond solely to the tonal material that the improvising musician has available.
This book is available in German only.
A musical workbook for classical, rock, pop and jazz
The two volumes of ‘The New Harmony Book’ (AMA No 610101, 610110) by the graduate jazz guitarist Frank Haunschild, who is a freelance musician, teacher and author, is one of the standard works of modern, educational music literature. It serves, above all, as a text book in schools to teach the terminology of rock, pop and jazz music and builds a bridge between classical harmony teaching and popular music. Whether as a reference book or as a ‘music theory lexicon’ (as it highlights important musical terminology), this book is for every musician, whether composer, instrumentalist, arranger, sound technician, music teacher or pupil.
As a continuation of the current musical work book, ‘The New Harmony Book, Volume 2’, part 3 deals with the ‘progression of harmonic elements’. Chapter 1 begins with all variations of the II-V-I progression in major and minor keys. The catenation of the II-V progression is described, alongside switching scales and tritone substitution. All scales and chords are presented individually and brought into a meaningful broader context.
All types of dominants, like primary and secondary dominants, as well as double dominants and interdominants, are treated in the usual comprehensive manner. The reader learns step-by-step to be able to understand and classify all dominants, in order to finally broaden their tonal range.
The different turnarounds and the mix of major and minor tonality are also examined, such as dealing with diminished seventh chords, diatonic cadences, interrupted cadences, double subdominants, diatonic chord progressions and the most common substitutions.
Included is an A1-sized, colored diatonic modulation table which can be folded out and hung up. It illustrates important harmonic connections in all keys and can also be bought separately from the publisher (AMA No. 610107).
More Article from Frank Haunschild
Part II: The Progression of Harmonic Elements
Chapter 1: The II-V-I Progression in Major Keys
Chapter 2: The II-V-I Progression in Minor Keys
Chapter 3: Changing Between Major and Minor Keys
Chapter 4: The Tritone Substitution
Chapter 5: The Concatenation of II-V Progressions
Chapter 6: The Interdominants
Chapter 7: The Secondary Dominants
Chapter 8: Turnarounds
Chapter 9: Mixing Major and Minor
The German-American Frank Haunschild is a member of the International Guild of Jazz Guitarists and is one of Germany's most sought after instructors and guitarists. At the moment he teaches as Professor of Jazz Guitar at the State Academy of Music in Cologne and as lecturer in music theory and ear training at the Jazz & Rock School in Freiburg. As a freelance journalist he writes his monthly column "Praxis" in Germany's most-read music magazine "Guitar & Bass". In addition he is a course instructor at numerous national and international jazz workshops. He has written three manuals, "Die neue Harmonielehre" (vol. 1 also exists in English: "The New Harmony Book"), that have become standard textbooks on modern music instruction, as has "Modern Guitar Styles" (in German) with play-along CD. Frank Haunschild is a busy concert artist, performing regularly in Germany and its neighbouring countries. Numerous CD's as a leader show his exceptional musical and compositional skills.