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Hi Alan,

Just received a copy of your book. I have been fascinated by this method. You have laid it out so beautifully and I am going to work on it. I have had the opportunity to play with Barry a few times over the years. He is truly a master and as you well know he was the first cat to teach jazz in a logical way. I remember Pat Martino telling me about his diminished approach way back in the ’70s. He and Barry have been very successful with the diminished approach. Great work and may I bug you with a question or two along the way? Thank you for this book. Great work!!!
Vic Juris

About

Studying the concepts put forth in this book will not teach you a set of hip sounding voicings. You won’t come out sounding like everyone else – and that’s the good news!

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. Imagine, a system for learning jazz harmony that actually embraces the concept of improvisation.

As I see it, there are two paths for a chord player to go down.  Either one becomes a “hitter” or, one becomes a “mover”. The “hitter” sits up and works out a couple of beautiful sounding voicings for each kind of chord (or worse, learns someone else’s from a method book) – and from that point on, plays them exactly the same way. These vertical groups of notes are “hit” or “struck” on the instrument – with no thought to creating movement.  The “mover” on the other hand, understands that chords come from scales and thereby learns to approach chording in a more fluid fashion. As well, one 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. When was the last time you listened to the symphony, for instance, and said oh yeah, Am7b5 – D7. 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. Suddenly the musical ceiling gets raised and points us back to the purpose behind this book.

Having had the pleasure of seeing Alan grow musically over the past 20 years, I am delighted that his insightfulness and hard work have found their way into a form that others can benefit from. I am confident that guitarists everywhere who are fortunate enough to pick up this book will thank him again, and again.

Howard Rees

About Barry Harris

b_harris_about“I guess you could say Barry Harris is one of the very last of the bebop purists that we have on piano. He is a living and brilliant extension of Bud Powell.”
Walter Bishop Jr.

“I’ve always thought that if Charlie Parker had played piano, he would sound exactly like Barry Harris. Or is it the other way around? In any case, Barry’s sense of time, motion and rhythm is absolutely impeccable.”
Benny Golson

“A list of Harris’ graduates reads like a Who’s Who of Jazz; among them are Paul Chambers, Curtis Fuller, Joe Henderson, Lonnie Hillyer, Yusef Lateef, Hugh Lawson, Kirk Lightsey, Charles McPherson, and Doug Watkins.”

“Harris’ (method) is unique in both its emphasis and detail, for it teaches students precisely how to transform the (basic theoretical) elements into credible phrases and focuses as much upon the creative processes of improvisation as upon its products, effectively clarifying the relationship between theory and performance practice in the jazz tradition.”

“Harris’ theory is an expansive generative method. It encourages musicians to create original phrases based, in part, on the cross-fertilization of rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic models embodied in the rules Harris promulgates.”

Excerpts from ‘Thinking in Jazz’, by Paul F. Berliner, University of Chicago Press 1994

Testimonials

Musician Testimonials

“Barry’s Workshop Video is a valuable educational tool for anyone interested in the inner workings of modern jazz.”
Kenny Burrell

“A fine workshop for striving pianists and serious students who want to play modern harmonies in the style of Charlie Parker.”
Tommy Flanagan

“This package offers information that hasn’t been given before. It is a very practical and organized way of looking at chord movement applied to the areas of accompaniment, arranging and composition. An excellent orchestration tool.”
Jimmy Heath

“The Barry Harris Workshop Video is an outstanding educational package which provides a wealth of material for students, teachers and musicians alike.”
Jackie McLean

“Barry’s video will, without question, help anyone who is seriously interested in gaining a knowledge of the art of improvisation.”
Ed Thigpen

“A ray of sunlight in jazz educational products.”
Michael Weiss

“This effectively conceived instructional package puts the spotlight on master pianist Barry Harris…Harris’ lucid master class is enhanced by a clearly written ‘Workbook’ compiled by Howard Rees. Harris’ concepts are fully notated and keyed to the video for further enhancement. In all, there are invaluable ‘tools’ that serious-minded players and critics will return to time and again.”
Chuck Berg, JazzTimes Magazine

“…there is something of interest in this video for most everyone…the set is intended for [those] who are unable to personally study with a master jazz teacher. Warmly recommended.”
Shirley Klett, Cadence Magazine

Customer Testimonials

“I just received mine about a week ago, and I am thrilled with it. I am fifty years old and a pro pianist, and (Barry) talks about and demonstrates an approach that for me is already changing my playing. I watched all the dvds through several times (which really helps to see his over-all approach) before I began using the dvds with the workbook. I am still on the first page of the workouts but I already have a very different perception and skill that is popping out.  This is one of the best investments I have ever made!!!!”

“If you are interested in bop purchase it.
Barry Harris is a great pianist and a great educator.”

“I’ve read every book I could find on bop (Levine, Baker, Coker etc) and even took some private lessons.  I managed to pick up some understanding and some skill for improv, but I was left with more questions than answers and after some years of playing I felt like I was in a rut.  Now this is where Barry walks in, takes me by the hand and says “Here is what you do”.

“The power of this video is Barry the teacher, he was there when bop was born, and it is evident when you watch him teaching and playing that he knows exactly what this is all about, and he knows exactly how to pass what he knows on to you. Working with this less than two weeks, the exciting part has been watching how much is already creeping into my playing. I am climbing out of old perspectives and into new ones.  This video was the grail I had been looking for !!! If you even have the thought that this method sounds interesting, don’t hesitate, “Buy It “.

Hi Howard,
“I got all the materials in the mail several days ago.  They are excellent.  I have been studying these methods for some time using the information from your articles and whatever else I could find on the web.  These videos really fill in the gaps of my knowledge.”

“I guess you could say Barry Harris is one of the very last of the bebop purists that we have on piano. He is a living and brilliant extension of Bud Powell.”
Walter Bishop Jr.

“I’ve always thought that if Charlie Parker had played piano, he would sound exactly like Barry Harris. Or is it the other way around? In any case, Barry’s sense of time, motion and rhythm is absolutely impeccable.”
Benny Golson

“A list of Harris’ graduates reads like a Who’s Who of Jazz; among them are Paul Chambers, Curtis Fuller, Joe Henderson, Lonnie Hillyer, Yusef Lateef, Hugh Lawson, Kirk Lightsey, Charles McPherson, and Doug Watkins.”

“Harris’ (method) is unique in both its emphasis and detail, for it teaches students precisely how to transform the (basic theoretical) elements into credible phrases and focuses as much upon the creative processes of improvisation as upon its products, effectively clarifying the relationship between theory and performance practice in the jazz tradition.”

“Harris’ theory is an expansive generative method. It encourages musicians to create original phrases based, in part, on the cross-fertilization of rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic models embodied in the rules Harris promulgates.”

Excerpts from ‘Thinking in Jazz’, by Paul F. Berliner, University of Chicago Press 1994

Table of Contents

Introduction

  • CD Tracks
  • Acknowledgments
  • Disclaimer
  • Dr. Barry Harris
  • The Guitar in Jazz

Chapter 1

Chapter 1 Drop Voicings & Scales

  • 1.1 Voicings
  • 1.2 The Scales
  • 1.3 The Voicings Charted

Chapter 2

Chapter 2 Movement

  • 2.1 The Organic Diminished Chord
  • 2.2 The Diminished Scale
  • 2.3 Sisters and Brothers
  • 2.4 Using the Scales
  • 2.5 The Sixth on the Fifth
  • 2.6 Movement
  • 2.7 Major to Minor to Minor with Sixth in the Bass
  • 2.8 Playing with your ‘Sisters and Brothers’
  • 2.9 Monk Moves

Chapter 3

Chapter 3 Borrowing

  • 3.1 Borrowing Through Sixth Diminished Scales
  • 3.2 Surrounding
  • 3.3 Borrowing on the Diminished Scale

Chapter 4 & 5

Chapter 4 Practicing the Scales

  • 4.1 Single Notes
  • 4.2 Thirds
  • 4.3 Sixths
  • 4.4 Tenths
  • 4.5 Four Note Chords in Tenths
  • 4.6 Expand and Contract
  • 4.7 Long – Short

Chapter 5 Like Someone In Love

Appendix & Afterword

Appendix

  • Seventh Diminished Drop 2
  • Seventh Flat Five Diminished Drop 2
  • Seventh Diminished Drop 3
  • Seventh Flat Five Diminished Drop 3
  • Major Sixth Diminished Drop 2&4
  • Minor Sixth Diminished Drop 2&4
  • Seventh Diminished Drop 2&4
  • Seventh Flat Five Diminished Drop 2&4
  • Major Sixth Diminished Drop 2&3
  • Minor Sixth Diminished Drop 2&3
  • Seventh Diminished Drop 2&3
  • Seventh Flat Five Diminished Drop 2&3
  • Partial Chords
  • Double Note Chords

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