- Rhythmic Note Value, Rests, and Time Signatures.
-Pitch And Note Value (Clefs)
-Other Names For Notes
-Where Chords Come From
-The First Inversion
-The Second Inversion Triad
-24 Voicing Positions for Each Kind of Seventh Chord
-The Major Scale
-Major Scale Keys and Key Signatures
-Chords in the Major Scale
-Seventh Chords in The Major Key
-Three Minor Scales and How They Grew
-Chords in The Minor Key: Aeolian
-All the Minor Chords Combined
-Seventh Chords in Minor
-The Mystery Scale
-Guidelines for Music Preparation : Rhythm
-Accidentals and Their Placement
-Dynamics and Other Notational Issues
-Basics of Music Form
-Common Tones and Triadic Chord Connections
-Practical Application of Common Tones
-Adding the Fourth Voice
-Four Voices and The Chord Chart
-Building Block Chord Progressions
-Building Your Own Root Position Progressions
-Chords With Third in the Bass
-Third in the Bass to Third in the Bass
-6/4 Chord Basics
-6/4 Chord Pairings
-Every 6/4 Combination in the Diatonic Key
-Creating Extended Chord Progressions
-Analysis of Pop Tune Progressions
-Setting Up the Model
-Creating a More Full Sounding Basic Arrangement
-Chord Patterns for Specific Background Line Types
-19 Combinations of Melody, Background Line, and Pad
-Vocal Ranges/Key Selection
-Your First Four - Voice Vocal Arrangement
-Creating the Bass Line
-Intervals and Chords
-Writing the Alto Part
-Adding in the Tenor Voice
-Bach Chorale Analysis
-6/4 Chords: Part 1
-Passing and Accented Cadential 6/4 Chords
-Summary of 6/4 Combinations on Each Chord
-Bach Chorales with 6/4 Chords
-How to Harmonize a Given Melody Line
-Compositional Techniques With the Basic Chorale Format
- Application to Instrumental Writing - Part 1
- Application to Instrumental Writing - Part 2
- Application to Keyboard Parts
How to Use
Applied Professional Harmony 101
is the first harmony book, endorsed by winners (both songwriters) of the Academy™, Grammy™ and Emmy™ Awards, that combines writing and recording your work so that you learn harmony, songwriting skills, arranging, and recording/production skills with virtually every exercise you do.
APH 101 is actually two books combined into one. The first book is Music Basics, which, like its name describes, covers the fundamentals of music including pitch names, rhythm, where chords come from, scales, modal chord scales, correct chord notation and much more.
The second book initiates you into the skill-based world of writing music. From the very beginning of this second section, starting with Lesson 29, you start build chord connections and chord progressions. Rather than do this as a silent exercise on paper, you do the homework with the string, brass, woodwind, keyboard and vocal sounds that come with most notation and sequencing programs. You then record your work and save it as an MP3 (depending on your software) so you can listen to it later.
You start simply by working with triads, then connecting four-part chords, then building longer chord progressions. With the longer chord progressions you can add in bass and drums on separate to start building your arranging skills from the beginning.
In Lesson 53 you begin learning how to do four-part chorale arrangements by studying the Bach chorales.
If your goal is to be a songwriter, APH 101 is the only harmony book cued to the Craft of Lyric Writing by Sheila Davis so you can build harmony, melody and lyric writing skills, too.
RECOMMENDED TO COMPLEMENT YOUR STUDIES
If you’re doing Applied Professional Harmony as a self-study program, we highly encourage you to also order the Pace Piano Method. Your keyboard goal is getting to Grade Level 2 to develop “arranger’s chops” for both writing and sequencing.
For audio training, be sure to check out our Spectrotone™ Chart for arranging and mixing your work.