Barry Harris 6th & Diminished Chords
For some time now, several students have been asking me to do a lesson on how to use the “6th and diminished” harmonized scales associated with the late bebop pianist, Barry Harris. However, I’ve been hesitant because personally, it’s a concept I picked up over the years transcribing some block chord solos by Wes Montgomery.
Only after being exposed to the Barry Harris system in recent years, did I notice this connection…
If you analyze almost any Wes chord melody solo, you will notice that all of the same principles in the Barry Harris system are in place! I’m not claiming that Wes necessarily learned it from Barry Harris, or was thinking of his use of chords in those terms. As I point out in this lesson, there are other means to achieve the same effect. Nonetheless, I believe it is a well organized system that is guaranteed to bring about those moving “block chord” sequences that Wes often employed in his solos.
In this video I demonstrate the basics of the Barry Harris system as applied to comping and creating chord melody. I show you in detail, how each scale is formed, how to generate chord voicings from them, and how to use them to harmonize any melody using a well known tune!
PDF & AUDIO DOWNLOAD:
The Barry Harris 6th & Diminished Chords lesson files, can be downloaded for $10.00. The download includes the following files: 12 page PDF with both regular notation and TAB of all the examples & theory, MP3s of all the examples, a Band in a Box file of the “Ode to Joy” arrangement, and Midi file so you can practice using the free downloadable notation app: “Muse Score”.
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