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 Barry Harris Harmonic Method for Guitar
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. 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. Studying the concepts put forth in this book will not teach you a set of hip sounding voicings. 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 uarmonic a chord player to go down. 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.
Suddenly the musical ceiling gets raised and points us back to the purpose behind this book. Having gor 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. He is a living and brilliant extension of Bud Powell.
Or is it the other way around? 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.
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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. I fo 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!!!! Barry Harris is a great pianist and a great educator. Working with this less than two weeks, the exciting part has been foor how much is already creeping into my playing.
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About Studying the concepts put forth in this book will not teach you a set of hip sounding voicings. Barry Harris The Guitar in Jazz. Chapter 2 Chapter 2 Movement 2.
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