Barry Harris Voicings
In this 5 minute masterclass, we’re going explore a concept known as the “Barry Harris Voicings”. If this is a new area of study for you, be sure to check out the related lesson below on “Block Chords” & “Drop 2 Voicings”
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The Major & Minor Bebob Scales
These voicings mainly derive from the major6 or minor6 Bepop scale are a major scale or a melodic minor scale with added chromatic note between the 5th and the 6th note.
Major/Minor 6th Chords: Closed Position & Drop 2
The chords we will be working with during this masterclass are Major 6th chords and Minor 6th chords. We will be using closed position voicings, meaning that the notes of the chord are inside a single octave.
However, all of these ideas, concepts, examples work great with the drop 2 as well. If you’re not familiar with the drop 2, check out the related lessons below.
3 Applications For The Same Voicings!
After harmonising the major and minor bebob scales, we will then explore the other applications of the same voicings. We will demonstrate how these voicings can be used in the following harmonic relationships:
- The Relative Minor Application
- The Related 2 & 5 Chords
- The -7b5 Connection
There Will Never Be Another You
These voicings are a great tool for soloing, and especially for harmonizing melodies. We will take the first 8 bars of “There Will Never Be Another You”, and harmonize the melody using only the Barry Harris voicings that we have covered in this lesson.
Block Chords Intro File Type: pdf