Barry Finnerty: The Serious Jazz Book 2 - The Harmonic Approach

Barry Finnerty: The Serious Jazz Book 2 - The Harmonic Approach

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Picking up from where The Serious Jazz Practice Book left off, guitar legend Barry Finnerty has created another woodshed classic for all jazz soloists. Barry shows how to become a better improviser by melodically mastering the individual chords used in jazz, how they connect with each other, and how they are used in various song forms.

Among the sections of the book are:

1. “What A ‘C’ Can Be” which discusses all the possible uses and harmonic functions of a single note.

2. “Mastering The Changes” which shows how to achieve melodic command of all the possible extensions and alterations of chords, and variations of common chord progressions.

3. “Playing On Tunes - The Harmonic Approach” which shows the practical application of the harmonic knowledge presented in the first part of the book.

4. “Harmonic Vocabulary” featuring a wealth of melodic examples using all the chords and progressions previously learned.

Take a look inside the book - click on the images below:
Book, 200 pages.


Barry played and recorded with Miles Davis, the Brecker Bros. and the Crusaders in the 70's and 80's, and shared the stage with such jazz greats as Hubert Laws, Ray Barretto, Airto, Joe Farrell, and many others.

An extremely thorough book. The exercises are concise, challenging and very much worth the effort. Highly recommended. — Jamey Aebersold

A unique approach. Original and provocative. — Mark Levine