The New Harmony Book (engl.)

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Language: english

ISBN: 978-3-927190-68-9

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This book on harmony is meant to be for each and every musician. Irrespective of whether you are an instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, arranger, sound engineer, music teacher or student; the information contained in this textbook is essential for your day-to-day contact with music. It is for this reason that I have endeavoured to make each individual section of this book as detailed and as lucid as possible.


A musical workbook for classic, rock, pop and jazz

“The New Harmony Book” by jazz guitarist Frank Haunschild, who is a freelance musician, teacher and author, is one of the benchmarks of modern music teaching literature. As a work of reference or “dictionary of music theory” (by highlighting important musical terms) for any musician (whether composer, instrumentalist, arranger, sound engineer, music teacher or student), it mainly serves as a textbook for conservatoires and students and explains the terminology of Rock, Pop and Jazz and draws the line from classical harmony to popular music.

This basic musical workbook “The New Harmony Book” covers the elementary musical expertise from the beginning and is divided into two major parts.

Part 1 (“The tonal system”) explains the notation thoroughly and easily understandable as well as the harmonies, intervals and triads.

The second part includes nine detailed chapters about “The Rudiments of Harmony”: The handling with chord symbols and also the relation between the individual chords are explained step by step. Furthermore, the circle of fifths and fourths, the chord systems of major, harmonic and melodic minor and pentatonic scales, symmetrical and Blues scales are explained. In each chapter numerous illustrations and examples, exercises and solutions, comments and analyses are provided and therefore form a crucial contribution for a better understanding of the musical basics. 


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Part I: The Tonal System

Chapter 1: An introduction to notation

The system of notation

The clef question

The ABC of notes

Halftones and whole tones

The C major scale


The twelve notes within an octave

Four-four time

The time values of notes


Rest signs

Dots and ties

Other time signatures (metres)

Expression marks



Chapter 2: The phenomenon of the harmonic series - the basis of harmony

The octave positions

Frequency ratios and interval proportions

The well-tempered tuning



Part II: The Rudiments of Harmony

Chapter 3: The intervals

The perfect intervals

Major and minor - diminished and augmented

Table of intervals

The tritone

The use of enharmonic notes

Beyond the octave

Complementary intervals

A few observations on ear training

Consonance and dissonance

Theories of aural psychology

The interval proportions

Interval qualities in classical counterpoint

The intervals in jazz

Circles of intervals



Chapter 4: The triads

The four "basic" triads

Triad inversions

The first chord symbols

The diatonic triads of a major scale

Primary and secondary triads

The classical terms of harmonic function

The fifth relationship

Function sand cadences

Assigning the diatonic triads to the 3 functional areas

The relationship between triads a third apart

The diatonic relation ship

The half-tone relationship

Symbols for triad inversions

Triads with additional bass note



Chapter 5: Four-note chords and their extensions

The make-up and extension of four-note chords

Symbols used to designate chords

Two index systems

10 general rules for chord symbols

The 7 main seventh chords

How to decipher chord symbols

How to put notes together to form a chord symbol

Four-note chords as triads with an additional bass note

Slash chords

The diatonic seventh chords of a major scale

The cadence of the diatonic seventh chords in fourths

Chord synonyms

Shortened four-note chords

The relationships of four-note chords a third apart

Half-tone related four-note chords



Chapter 6: The lonian system

From the church modes to the lonian system

Chords are scales - scales are chords

A closed tonal system

Scale structures

Scale relationships

The new order

The "avoid notes"



Chapter 7: The circle of fifths

The relationship of the tetrachords

From C major to G major

The circle closes

The circle of fifths as the touchstone of relationships

The diatonic chords in the circle of fifths

The keys and their accidentals

The circle of fourths

The circle-of-fourths exercise



Chapter 8: The harmonic minor scale

The introduction of a leading note

The dominant seventh chord in the minor cadence

The oriental character of the harmonic minor scale

The gypsy minor

The harmonic minor as a closed scale system

Naming the diatonic scales of the harmonic minor

The common scales of this system

Harmonic minor half-tone relationships



Chapter 9: The melodic minor scale

Evening out the tonal leap

The melodic minor in classical and in modern music

The melodic minor scale system

Naming the diatonic scales of the melodic minor

Re-interpreting the VIIth degree

From super locrian to altered

Melodic minor half-tone relationships

The 4 principle minor keys



Chapter 10: A general survey of other scales

1. The pentatonic scales

Major and minor pentatonic scales

The pentatonic scale in jazz

Altered pentatonic scales

Indian and Japanese pentatonic scales


2. The scales in the blues

The minor pentatonic scale as the first blues scale

The minor pentatonic scale with the b5 (minor blues scale)

The blues scale

The phenomenon of the "blue notes"


3. The symmetrical scales

The whole-tone scale

The chromatic scale

Half-tone-whole-tone and whole-tone-half-tone scales

The half-tone-whole-tone scale

The whole-tone-half-tone scale

Further possibilities


4. Composite scales



Chapter 11: The harmonic major scale

The formation of the harmonic major scale

The harmonic major scale system

Naming the harmonic major scales

The half-tone relationship of the four basic scales

The four chord-sea le systems



Appendix: Additional chord symbols

Tables of the scales

Answer key to the exercises


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.