So are the following six pages really all the harmonies you’ll ever need? Maybe…but not really. Anyway there are still more than most people will ever use, unless you are Leonard Bernstein or Aaron Copeland.
I am presenting these harmonies, which range from easy and ordinary to complex and "outside" (the last one reminds me of the sort of thing Allan Holdsworth might play), in the context of Yankee Doodle. As silly as that sounds it is much easier to understand harmonies if you put them into practical context. Learning them by rote with scales is uninteresting and provides very little applicable knowledge.
I wish the theory behind this was self-explanatory but unless you have some knowledge of intervals and scales it is not. But we'll leave the theory for another lesson. For now just realize they are very fun to play and that is what I want you to do. Just start playing. The intervals you are playing are noted at the beginning of each example. These are all diatonic (in one key). Enjoy and I’ll see you next week.
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