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Modern Harmony Method

A text designed to progressively teach the fundamentals of melodic harmonisation in the jazz and popular genre.

Suitable for

• students of composition
• students of arranging
• senior high school musicianship and harmony students
• classically trained pianists who want to play modern sounds and extend their harmonic vocabulary.

There are many texts written for the tradition of harmonising melodies in 4-part vocal style, but relatively few in the field of modern keyboard harmony. This book reveals simply but thoroughly how to choose and voice modern chords. It explainds the nature of chord progressions, and how to extend and alter chords. For the teacher, student and self-learner.

The book includes 15 original 8-bar practise melodies with full solutions. Students will find these exercises a stimulating test encapsulating all the concepts learned in the text. *Now available: All exercises and solutions in Sibelius format for smart boards.*

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Read the article Putting Modern Harmony into the Curriculum – Music in Action, Australia, 2009

Mr. Griffin does a superb job giving clear and concise steps that students should take when approaching the task of harmonizing a melody. The book is laid out in a clean, easy-to-understand format. Mr. Griffin is obviously a gifted teacher, and has developed a book that would be a great resource for any music teacher or student interested in understanding and implementing more complex theory/harmony concepts…Natalie Wickham, Music Matters, USA

UK reviews 2013:

1. Excellent resource which will save teachers hours of preparatory work. This is useful for harmony but also compositional techniques and a general understanding of options when harmonising in composition. The layout is very clear and it is progressive. There are numerous examples to work through to ensure a practical understanding before moving on. This would become an essential part of KS5 harmony work which goes beyond the common chords and progressions. The presentation is very clear and well thought out.

2. Particularly good for A Level and higher level GCSE students composing in a pop/jazz style. The resource takes you through the method step-by -step, gradually increasing the level of difficulty. There are lots of useful exercises for the students to complete.