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 worldwide leader in jazz improvisation educational materials for over 50 years! You have laid it out so beautifully and I am going to work on it. Or in Barry Harris’s concept you could choose to take a road trip instead, experiencing the gradual transition from point A to B to C, taking small steps and stops along the way Barry says “focus on small chords”enjoying the journey, not just the destinations.

You’ll learn that all of the voicings in that harmonized scale will work over the chord and that you can create new voicings on the fly by borrowing notes between the 6th chord and the diminished chord as you move between them in tension and release.

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Thank you for this book. The Drop 2 Book. This video was the grail I had been looking for!!! AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Great work and may I bug you with a question or two along the way.

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.


It encourages musicians hatris create original phrases based, in part, on the cross-fertilization of rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic models embodied in the rules Harris promulgates. With these simple relationships, one can now approach harmony in a non-static way, borrowing and passing through notes either within a moving harmonized 6th scale or from a dominant’s parent diminished chord.

The service on this item by Amazon was 1st class and received in less time than originally given. You could board a jet plane at point A, zone out for a while in the generic looking cabin, step off at point B to take in a meal and a concert, and then fly on another generic jet where you zone out for another 2 hours before reaching point C for some more foe seeing.

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I gave this a well-deserved five stars, and I think you should order it now. He and Barry have been very successful with the diminished approach. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Well if you yearn to weave intricate harmonies rather than just bash out ii, V and I chords, then this method gives you the simple harmonic relationships to start making music on the fly.

Unending movement is the order of the day. Berliner, University of Chicago Press I am confident that guitarists everywhere who are fortunate enough to pick up this book will thank him again, and again. He is truly a master and as you well know he was the first cat to teach jazz in a logical way.

The Barry Harris Harmonic Method for Guitar

The information in this book is revolutionary. 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. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Thank you for this book. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.


About Barry Harris “I guess you could say Barry Harris is one of the very last of the bebop purists that we have on piano. This doesn’t make you sound like anyone in particular, it just helps you to explore a vast amount of musical possibilities in a fun and accessible way, and, in this case, that can’t be overstated.

This brings us to jazz where we still talk about the V7 chord of a particular key even if its a G7 flat 9 flat 13 or some other form of G alt. Thank you for this book.

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In fact, I prefer to think – movement-to-movement – as opposed to chord to chord. I have been fascinated by this method. Customers also viewed these items. Please try again later. These videos really fill in the gaps of my knowledge.

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In particular, I was amazed that the majority of bebop could be contained within just three chords: It could have been a great book if they would have given you some examples on how to use these voicings in different jazz standards. As I see it, there are two paths for a chord player to go down.

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. 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.