The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music

Bebop Harmony

This class explores Barry Harris’ approach to improvisation through an in-depth understanding of dominant chords and their importance. Through Mr. Harris’ simple but profound approach, students discover the many choices available to them within and moving through different tonalities. Material covered includes dominant seventh scales, tri-tone relationships, diminished chords, whole-tone scales, augmented chords, and chromaticisms as they occur in moving between major and minor tonalities. Emphasis is on the practical application of these concepts to common jazz standards. Students are required to bring their instruments for class participation. Prerequisite: second semester of Theory I or equivalent. 2 credits

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