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This Bundle includes the PDF eBooks of Applied Professional Harmony 101, and Applied Professional Harmony 102 with over 900 pages of instruction. If you want a composer/songwriter's approach to learning music fundamentals all the way up to more advanced writing techniques, these books are a great place to start.

The Applied Professional Harmony books have been endorsed by winners of the Academy, Grammy and Emmy Awards.

What You'll Learn in Applied Professional Harmony 101

Applied Professional Harmony 101 is the first harmony book 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.

Section One: Music Basics (Lessons 1-27)

Applied Professional Harmony 101 is actually two books combined into one. The first section teaches 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. This is an easy section of the book, requiring mostly memorization, that will give you the firm foundation you need.

Section Two: (Lessons 28-59)

The second section initiates you into the skill-based world of writing music. From the very beginning of this second section, starting with Lesson 29, you start to 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 tracks to start building your arranging skills from the beginning.

You'll learn how to create the two types of background lines common to all types of music. Plus you'll learn to use rhythmic figures like triad arpeggios, triplets, and broken chord patterns - the stuff that all rock, pop, jazz and classical music is made of.

In Lesson 53 you begin learning how to do four-part chorale arrangements by studying the Bach chorales.

Stylistic Analysis - or, How Do They Get That Sound?

Of course, just knowing how to do this much is a lot, but Applied Professional Harmony 101 keeps going by helping you build the skills needed by today's music, MIDI, and multimedia professionals. You'll learn the art of stylistic analysis, a fancy term meaning the stuff that defines how a song or arrangement or score or songwriter gets that sound and feel.

You start by learning the first steps in vocal arrangement writing, how to put the 3rd and 5th of the chord in the bass, and how to apply that to background lines. You also learn first steps in using a device called pedal point, Bach's guidelines for vocal voice writing, simple techniques for creating more interesting keyboard parts, and music for analysis.

Craft of Lyric Writing (Sheila Davis): If your goal is to be a songwriter, Applied Professional Harmony 101 is the only harmony book cued to the Craft of Lyric Writing by Sheila Davis (available from Amazon or most bookstores) so you can build harmony, melody and lyric writing skills, too.

Click on the Contents tab above to see the Table of Contents for this book.

What You'll Learn in Applied Professional Harmony 102

Applied Professional Harmony 102 picks up where Applied Professional Harmony 101 left off. We'll cover the seventh, ninth, and thirteenth chords and the assignment of specific chord type to chord scales. The material here goes far beyond the more traditional academic texts since both 'classical' and 'pop' uses of the seventh chord are covered. You also begin to learn various techniques of melody development for theme and variation, and various types of pedal point.

Applied Professional Harmony 102 takes you to the next level in creating powerful and wonderful music. Now you begin to learn the vocabulary of musical techniques.

Section One: (Lessons 1-31)

You start with the eight different types of 7th chords and their voicing positions. From here, you learn how to connect seventh chords to the tonic triad, seventh chords in root position, how to prepare, strike and resolve the 7th degree in a chord progression, five alternate resolution patterns for the seventh chord, the 3-7 technique for creating background lines, plus most common comping patterns for pop and rock music.

You'll learn about passing tones, diatonic passing tones that create contrary motion, neither preparing nor resolving the seventh chord, omitting tones from seventh chords, jazz voicings and chord tone substitutions, ninth chords, seventh chords with 3rd, 5th and 7th in the bass.

You'll discover the melodic variety that comes with using the cambiata, the echappee, and the appoggiatura.

Next comes the use of syncopation and how it's used differently in classical and pop music.

We'll look at one of pop music's most frequently used techniques: the pedal point. You'll learn how to write tonic, dominant and pastoral pedals, the mediant pedal and short pedal point.

Next comes the most exhaustive look at suspensions you've ever seen. This is a powerful section that you'll go back to time and time again. This section contains nearly 75-pages of technique upon technique, idea after idea, all drawn from the classics that you can apply to your own writing today.

Section Two: (Lessons 32-41)

In section 2, you learn the technique of the minor key area and modality. We'll first look at the original minor key: the Aeolian mode and how it expanded. You'll learn basic progressions, the III augmented chord, common use of seventh chords in minor, advanced work in minor, compositional applications in minor, commonly altered chords (altered ii, V and their jazz chord scale sources, altered vii).

There isn't a harmony book, past or present that's this complete with real world use of musical techniques and full pieces to study without having to purchase a separate workbook. This is a writer's approach, so throughout Applied Professional Harmony 102 you'll be doing lots of writing!

Click on the Contents tab above to see the Table of Contents for this book.

Below, you'll find the Table of Contents for the PDF eBooks Applied Professional Harmony 101 and Applied Professional Harmony 102 included in this Bundle.

TABLE OF CONTENTS - Applied Professional Harmony 101

Lesson 1: Rhythmic Note Value, Rests, and Time Signatures.
Lesson 2: Pitch And Note Value (Clefs)
Lesson 3: Intervals
Lesson 4: Linear Intervals
Lesson 5: Vertical Intervals
Lesson 6: Other Names For Notes
Lesson 7: Where Chords Come From
Lesson 8: The First Inversion
Lesson 9: The Second Inversion Triad
Lesson 10: Seventh Chords
Lesson 11: 24 Voicing Positions for Each Kind of Seventh Chord
Lesson 12: Modes
Lesson 13: The Major Scale
Lesson 14: Major Scale Keys and Key Signatures
Lesson 15: Chords in the Major Scale
Lesson 16: Seventh Chords in The Major Key
Lesson 17: Three Minor Scales and How They Grew
Lesson 18: Chords in The Minor Key: Aeolian
Lesson 19: Harmonic Minor
Lesson 20: Melodic Minor
Lesson 21: All the Minor Chords Combined
Lesson 22: Seventh Chords in Minor
Lesson 23: The Mystery Scale
Lesson 24: Guidelines for Music Preparation: Rhythm
Lesson 25: Beaming
Lesson 26: Accidentals and Their Placement
Lesson 27: Dynamics and Other Notational Issues
Lesson 28: Basics of Music Form
Lesson 29: Common Tones and Triadic Chord Connections
Lesson 30: Practical Application of Common Tones
Lesson 31: Adding the Fourth Voice
Lesson 32: Four Voices and The Chord Chart
Lesson 33: Building Block Chord Progressions
Lesson 34: Building Your Own Root Position Progressions
Lesson 35: Chords With Third in the Bass
Lesson 36: Third in the Bass to Third in the Bass
Lesson 37: 6/4 Chord Basics
Lesson 38: 6/4 Chord Pairings
Lesson 39: Every 6/4 Combination in the Diatonic Key
Lesson 40: Creating Extended Chord Progressions
Lesson 41: Analysis of Pop Tune Progressions
Lesson 42: Setting Up the Model
Lesson 43: Creating a More Full Sounding Basic Arrangement
Lesson 44: Chord Patterns for Specific Background Line Types
Lesson 45: 19 Combinations of Melody, Background Line, and Pad
Lesson 46: Vocal Ranges/Key Selection
Lesson 47: Your First Four-Voice Vocal Arrangement
Lesson 48: Creating the Bass Line
Lesson 49: Intervals and Chords
Lesson 50: Solutions
Lesson 51: Writing the Alto Part
Lesson 52: Adding in the Tenor Voice
Lesson 53: Bach Chorale Analysis
Lesson 54: 6/4 Chords: Part 1
Lesson 55: Passing and Accented Cadential 6/4 Chords
Lesson 56: Summary of 6/4 Combinations on Each Chord
Lesson 57: Bach Chorales with 6/4 Chords
Lesson 58: How to Harmonize a Given Melody Line
Lesson 59: Compositional Techniques With the Basic Chorale Format

376 pgs.

TABLE OF CONTENTS - Applied Professional Harmony 102

Lesson 1: Basics of Seventh Chords
Lesson 2: Seventh Chords and their Applications Yesterday and Today
Lesson 3: Connecting Seventh Chords to the Tonic Triad
Lesson 4: Seventh Chords in Root Position - Two Chord Patterns
Lesson 5: Prepare-Strike-Resolve
Lesson 6: Melody and Analysis
Lesson 7: Root Position Seventh Chords in Longer Progressions
Lesson 8: Three More Ways to Introduce the 7th Degree
Lesson 9: Five Alternate Resolution Patterns
Lesson 10: Another View of Resolving the Small 7th Degree
Lesson 11: Passing Notes and How to Harmonize Them
Lesson 12: Diatonic Passing Tones Creating Contrary Motion
Lesson 13: Neither Preparing Nor Resolving 7th Chords
Lesson 14: Omitting Tones From Seventh Chords
Lesson 15: Developing Background Lines with Root Position Seventh Chords
Lesson 16: Ninth Chord and Ninth Tone
Lesson 17: More Jazz Voicings and Chord Tone Substitutions
Lesson 18: Third in the Bass and the Upper Neighbor
Lesson 19: The Lower Neighbor
Lesson 20: Developing Background Lines: Seventh Chords With 3rd in the Bass
Lesson 21: 7th in the Bass & the Cambiata
Lesson 22: Seventh With the Fifth in the Bass
Lesson 23: Compositional Applications: Seventh Chords with Fifth in the Bass
Lesson 24: Building Successive Seventh Chords
Lesson 25: The Echappee and the Appoggiatura
Lesson 26: Syncopation Classical Style
Lesson 27: Pop Use of Syncopation and Anticipations
Lesson 28: Organ or Pedal Point
Lesson 29: Suspensions: An Indepth List
Lesson 30: The Classical Anticipation
Lesson 31: Compositional Analysis
Lesson 32: Modality: The Minor Key Area
Lesson 33: Aeolian Mode: The Minor Key
Lesson 34: Gaining a View of Minor
Lesson 35: Minor Chord Progressions With Inversions
Lesson 36: Freer Treatment of the III+
Lesson 37: Common Use of Seventh Chords in Minor
Lesson 38: Advanced Work in Minor
Lesson 39: Compositional Application in Minor
Lesson 40: Commonly Altered Chords
Lesson 41: More on Modality

571 pgs.

Teaching Method Behind The Applied Professional Harmony Series

Want to make a budding musician, songwriter, or composer feel uncomfortable? Just start talking about the "rules of music." You'll see the light go out of their eyes, and a big sigh show up right on their face. Why such a reaction? Because most people believe that if you're going to learn music, you have to learn the rules of music. Then, after you've learned the rules, you can break them and do what you want.

Well, here's some good news. That's not how you learn music. It's how you learn math, but not how you learn music. Basically, you learn to write and play music by the same process that a painter learns to paint, and a short story writer learns to write stories.

Master the Basics

First, you start with the basics and learn to master them - so they don't master you. In music, the basics are knowing your notes, knowing your chords and the various voicings, learning how to put chords together in progressions, how to smoothly move voices to get a professional sound, song form, and instrumentation. Just knowing that alone lets you write all kinds of material. If you're using MIDI gear, just mastering these aspects is enough to put you on the road to recording high quality demos right in your own home.

That's the basics, now comes art.

Study the Masters

Once an artist has mastered the fundamentals, he studies the techniques of specific painters and learns to paint in that style. That includes learning to mix paints and select the right tools to duplicate the various brush techniques of each master that's studied. As the student grows, he develops a vocabulary of expression. His eye develops likes and dislikes. He knows what he wants to see and what he doesn't want to see. In time, his own style emerges.

Music works the same way. Instead of a look, we create a sound. Vincent van Gogh has a look. Bach, John Lennon, Ravel, Stravinsky and David Foster have a sound. Once you've mastered the basics, you study each composer to discover the rules by which they wrote to create the sound they achieved - their musical brush strokes. Then you write in that style. The process is then repeated. With MIDI equipment, once you've written and recorded your work you can hear it over and over again. Not even Beethoven could do that.

With Applied Professional Harmony You'll Find That:

1. The books are easy to read. They're written in everyday English so they're very readable. You use the words of the working musician that are simple, direct and to the point.

2. The books are easy to use. They're written so you can teach yourself. Music skills are taught in a logical flow with each lesson building on what you've already learned. In many cases, you can use what you've learned right away. The books are organized for quick referencing so you'll use them over and over again for many years. These are not textbooks, rather a welcome friend to inspire and instruct.

3. You'll be taught principles and application, not rules. There are only three true rules of music: 1) the harmony and melody issues that define a specific style of music; 2) the personal likes and dislikes of how a specific songwriter or composer created their music; 3) ranges and basic playing techniques of the instruments. Because you'll learn the principles behind these points, you can teach yourself to write in most any style of music you want. Academically sound? Yes. Though creatively driven, the books generally equal a semester at music school.

4. The books are series oriented, so you can go as deep as you want or need. In the privacy of your own home, you can study simply written materials that can take you through college level courses, but with professional applications.

You'll get the best results when using the books with a MIDI keyboard and sequencing or notation program on your computer. This way, you build keyboard skills, composing and songwriter skills, ear training skills, arranging and orchestration skills, sequencing and recording skills. The payoff: faster learning, a professional sound, and an entrance into the larger world of multimedia.

Endorsements: Applied Professional Harmony Series

Henry Mancini, 4x Winner of the Academy Awards (Oscar) and 20 Grammy's
Peter Alexander in his series, Applied Professional Harmony, has created what I feel will be standard text in schools for many years to come. In a thoroughly readable style, he has managed the neat trick of erasing the lines between so called 'popular' music and 'classical' music. Read and Learn.

John Tesh, 6X Emmy Winner and 4 Gold Albums
If I had these books when I was in college, I'd have stayed in music school.

E.J. Doyle, National Academy of Songwriters
Alexander Publishing books are comprehensive, efficient, and indispensable tools for National Academy of Songwriter members. I recommend them

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