TASTING HARMONY

TASTING HARMONY

Tasting Harmony  was developed to provide a fun approach for all musicians who want to get involved with harmony on a deeper level in a direct and non-theoretical way. It’s a new approach to ear-training, utilizing the concept of synesthesia; the mixing of the senses. The exercises in this set are designed to teach your ear to focus on the sound of each individual chord tone while simultaneously hearing the full chord. I developed this concept to provide a fun approach for all musicians who want to get involved with harmony on a deeper level in a direct and non-theoretical way.

The chord progression of every song represents a harmonic recipe created by the composer. Tasting Harmony helps you to fully stock your ear with the ingredients needed for each recipe. You’ll learn how to discern the different flavors, and use that ability to establish an emotional connection to your note choices. Sing and play along with vocalist Petra van Nuis and pianist Jeremy Kahn as they take you through a full menu of ear-enriching harmonic flavors.

Tasting Harmony Features

64 Pages + 1 Play-along CD with 81 tracks.   —   Available in C, Bb and Eb Editions.

Individual CD tracks train your ear to hear each chord tone over Major 7th, Dominant 7th, Dominant 7th sus, Dominant 7b9, Dominant 7#9, Minor 7th, Minor w/Major 7th, Minor 7b5, Diminished 7th, Major 6th and Minor 6th chords.

Train your ear by chord types, such as Major 7th, Minor 7th, etc., or by chord degrees, such as Roots, thirds, fifths, sevenths, ninths, etc.

Includes section on suggested use of the book and nine specific practice options.

Eighty-one play-along tracks are included on the CD. Want to train for sharp 9ths on dominant chords? Play or sing along with track 40. Want to train for sharp 11ths on Major seventh chords? Just go to track 6. Easily locate and train for any chord tone over eleven different chord types.

CD tracks are played in a wide variety of styles, including: bossa, samba, swing, 12/8, funk, gospel and two-feel. This keeps things fun and fresh while training your ears, making tracks like “thirds over minor seventh chords” feel more like a song than just an ear training exercise.

Perfect for all levels. From the eager novice to the seasoned professional, all levels of players will enjoy working with this book and CD set.

Easily integrated into your daily practice routine.

Perfect piano background tracks over every chord type so that you can practice licks in twelve keys…If you have a minor seventh lick that starts on the ninth of the chord, simply go to track 47 (ninths on minor seventh chords) and you’ll have the piano accompaniment to play the lick in all twelve keys. What if your lick starts on the third? No problem…go to track 44!

Great for practicing scales and chord arpeggios in harmonic context.

CD can also be used without the book for training your ear while commuting, walking, working out, etc.

Excellent for working on intonation by matching pitch of the vocalist on the CD singing the circle of fourths over all the chord backgrounds.

Click the sheet music thumbnail  below for an mp3 and full-sized sheet music example.