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Practicing Harmony
#3031657 10/03/20 12:11 PM
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Hello there,

I'm a piano student from Italy, I've been studying it for almost 2 years ( making a transition from bass and guitar, I'm aiming to join the Conservatory of Music next year as "Jazz" pianist, ).
I've recently started to read the first and second Harmony book from Berklee College of Music, and I'm finding really interesting, however, while on the first book I find exercises related to its chapters, in the second chapter there are no exercises or tips for putting in practice what I'm reading and studying.

I was wondering if there are actual "practice books" that could walk me through the process of learning and understanding better harmony with practice or is this usually going to be something to be taken in consideration with a teacher and/or once I'm ( potentially ) student at the Conservatory/College of Music.

Thanks very much for reading this and, eventually, for your help
Greetings from Italy smile

Celestino


" For me playing piano is like sailing a ship, being the ship and the sea the ship is on at the same time" ( An imaginary Groucho Marx without moustache )
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Re: Practicing Harmony
iloveapiano #3032071 10/04/20 05:14 PM
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Look at three books by Tim Richards --


. . . Improvising Blues Piano

. . . Exploring Jazz Piano (volume 1 / volume 2)

It's a graduated course in playing jazz, with lots of examples, and lots of practice suggestions.

Have fun --


. Charles
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Re: Practicing Harmony
iloveapiano #3044358 11/10/20 09:21 AM
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As somebody who tried to learn music (practical and theoretical skills) since I was a kid, my #1 suggestions is find a VERY good teacher. Books alone are not enough.

My suggestions #2 is make sure your teacher is VERY good and not ONLY said to be good by someone.

And my suggestion #3 is to make sure your teacher is EXTREMELY good.

How can you be sure about a perspective teacher? Simple: see what he or she can do (e.g. look at the arrangements they wrote, and what his or her students have been able to accomplish).

Then use the books your teacher suggests. I am currently studying both classical and jazz harmony and I don't use a book for the latter (yet). For the former, I use Elementi Fondamentali di Armonia by Gennaro Napoli which you can find in amazon.it and other Italian bookstores (I had it shipped in Colorado where I live). It's extremely good book (with exercises), but it's very succinct. And you will need the teacher to review your exercises and explain your misunderstandings, because there will be many and comparing just with the solutions will not help learning. So book alone will be of just little use for you.

If you don't have a GREAT teacher already, PM me privately and I'll ask my teacher if he's has time to take you with him.


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