March 10, 2012

Creative Chordal Harmony.

Make advanced guitar harmonies more intuitive and effective. This inventive approach to imagining and organizing notes will expand your concept of guitar harmony. You will be able to organize and use tensions more easily and with greater expression whether you are soloing playing in a rhythm section or in a solo guitar context. Practical etudes over popular chord changes will help you to understand and apply these new theoretical concepts. The accompanying recording includes examples and play-along tracks featuring innovative guitarists Mick Goodrick and Tim Miller along with an all-star rhythm section featuring Terri Lyne Carrington on drums and John Lockwood on bass. You will learn to: develop and apply new chord voicings using a rich palette of notes; isolate and organize the most essential notes of any chord-scale (Generic Modality Compression); view chord scales as five families of 3-note chords: triads sus4 clusters 7th no 3 and 7th no 5) to be used systematically and simultaneously; leverage this chord-scale organization to lead you to inventive harmonies; incorporate tensions more intuitively into your comping and lead lines; and use new arpeggio patterns in linear improvisation.

"Besides being one of the greatest improvising guitarists in jazz, Mick Goodrick has also made major contributions to the literature available to musicians. With his book The Advancing Guitarist, he set a new standard for guitarists everywhere. His detailed and expansive volumes on voice leading will inspire generations to come. But his current work here, along with Tim Miller, provides an immediate jolt of pure revelation. What is revealed in this book will forever change how you think about harmony and melody. Mick has made a refined, and simultaneously giant, leap here—one that will usher in a whole new approach to music."
Pat Metheny
"Mick Goodrick's books are absolutely unique and a must for serious guitarists. Creative Chordal Harmony for Guitar is the Swiss Army knife of harmonic possibilities. This material can open you up to a comprehensive understanding of harmony (and melody), and I love hearing the examples on the CD."
John Scofield

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