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
Chapter 2: The phenomenon of the harmonic series - the basis of harmony
Part II: The Rudiments of Harmony
Chapter 3: The intervals
Chapter 4: The triads
Chapter 5: Four-note chords and their extensions
Chapter 6: The lonian system
Chapter 7: The circle of fifths
Chapter 8: The harmonic minor scale
Chapter 9: The melodic minor scale
Chapter 10: A general survey of other scales
Chapter 11: The harmonic major scale
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.
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