Frank Haunschild

The New Harmony Book

A Musical Workbook for Classical, Rock, Pop and Jazz Music

Music lesson book

Item no.285912
Author/ComposerFrank Haunschild
Scope149 pages; 20 × 24 cm
Release year2005
Publisher/ProducerAMA Verlag
Producer No.AMA 610165E
19.95 €
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (Germany )
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The standard musical textbook for every musician. Focusses on harmonic structures, scales and modes. Suitable for the classroom or self-study.


  • Preface
  • Part I:
  • The Tonal System
  • Chapter 1: An introduction to notationThe system of notation
  • The clef question
  • The ABC of notesHalftones and whole tones
  • The C major scaleAccidentals
  • The twelve notes within an octaveFour-four time
  • The time values of notes
  • TripletsRest signs
  • Dots and ties
  • Other time signatures (metres)
  • Expression marks
  • Exercises
  • Chapter 2:
  • The phenomenon of the harmonic series - the basis of harmony
  • The octave positions
  • Frequency ratios and interval proportions
  • The well-tempered tuning
  • Exercises
  • Part II:
  • The Rudiments of Harmony
  • Chapter 3:
  • The intervals
  • The perfect intervals
  • Major and minor - diminished and augmented
  • Table of intervalsThe tritone
  • The use of enharmonic notes
  • Beyond the octave
  • Complementary intervals
  • A few observations on ear training
  • Consonance and dissonanceTheories of aural psychology
  • The interval proportions
  • Interval qualities in classical counterpoint
  • The intervals in jazz
  • Circles of intervals
  • Exercises
  • Chapter 4: The triads
  • The four "basic" triads
  • Triad inversions
  • The first chord symbols
  • The diatonic triads of a major scale
  • Primary and secondary triads
  • The classical terms of harmonic functionThe fifth relationship
  • Function sand cadences
  • Assigning the diatonic triads to the 3 functional areas
  • The relationship between triads a third apart
  • The diatonic relation shipThe half-tone relationship
  • Symbols for triad inversions
  • Triads with additional bass note
  • Exercises
  • Chapter 5:
  • Four-note chords and their extensions
  • The make-up and extension of four-note chords
  • Symbols used to designate chords
  • Two index systems
  • 10 general rules for chord symbols
  • The 7 main seventh chordsHow to decipher chord symbols
  • How to put notes together to form a chord symbol
  • Four-note chords as triads with an additional bass note
  • Slash chordsThe diatonic seventh chords of a major scale
  • The cadence of the diatonic seventh chords in fourths
  • Chord synonyms
  • Shortened four-note chords
  • The relationships of four-note chords a third apart
  • Half-tone related four-note chords
  • Exercises
  • Chapter 6: The lonian systemFrom the church modes to the lonian system
  • Chords are scales - scales are chords
  • A closed tonal systemScale structures
  • Scale relationships
  • The new orderThe "avoid notes"
  • Exercises
  • Chapter 7:
  • The circle of fifths
  • The relationship of the tetrachords
  • From C major to G major
  • The circle closesThe circle of fifths as the touchstone of relationships
  • The diatonic chords in the circle of fifths
  • The keys and their accidentalsThe circle of fourths
  • The circle-of-fourths exercise
  • Exercises
  • Chapter 8:
  • The harmonic minor scale
  • The introduction of a leading note
  • The dominant seventh chord in the minor cadence
  • The oriental character of the harmonic minor scale
  • The gypsy minor
  • The harmonic minor as a closed scale system
  • Naming the diatonic scales of the harmonic minor
  • The common scales of this system
  • Harmonic minor half-tone relationships
  • Exercises
  • Chapter 9:
  • The melodic minor scale
  • Evening out the tonal leapThe melodic minor in classical and in modern music
  • The melodic minor scale systemNaming the diatonic scales of the melodic minor
  • Re-interpreting the VIIth degree
  • From super locrian to altered
  • Melodic minor half-tone relationships
  • The 4 principle minor keys
  • Exercises
  • Chapter 10:
  • A general survey of other scales
  • 1 The pentatonic scalesMajor and minor pentatonic scalesThe pentatonic scale in jazz
  • Altered pentatonic scales
  • Indian and Japanese pentatonic scales
  • 2 The scales in the blues
  • The minor pentatonic scale as the first blues scale
  • The minor pentatonic scale with the b5 (minor blues scale)
  • The blues scaleThe phenomenon of the "blue notes"
  • 3 The symmetrical scales
  • The whole-tone scale
  • The chromatic scale
  • Half-tone-whole-tone and whole-tone-half-tone scales
  • The half-tone-whole-tone scaleThe whole-tone-half-tone scale
  • Further possibilities
  • 4 Composite scales
  • Exercises
  • Chapter 11:
  • The harmonic