The Harmonic Approach
by Barry Finnerty

A profound effort to share and communicate the ideas Barry has been developing through his lifetime in music. Bravo!”
— Joe Lovano

An extremely thorough book. The exercises are concise, challenging and very much worth the effort. Highly recommended.”
— Jamey Aebersold

A unique approach. Original and provocative.”
— Mark Levine

Barry's unique artistry was evident during the years he spent in my group. This book is a testimony to his prowess.”
— Hubert Laws

  • Starting where his Serious Jazz Practice Book left off, guitar legend Barry Finnerty has created another woodshed classic for all jazz soloists.
  • Recording artist with Miles Davis, the Brecker Bros., the Crusaders, Barry shows how to become a better improviser by melodically mastering the individual chords used in jazz, how they connect with each other, and how they are used in various song forms.
  • Among the sections of the book are:

  • What A ‘C’ Can Be which discusses all the possible uses and harmonic functions of a single note.
  • Mastering The Changes which shows how to achieve melodic command of all the possible extensions and alterations of chords, and variations of common chord progressions.
  • Playing On Tunes - The Harmonic Approach which shows the practical application of the harmonic knowledge presented in the first part of the book.
  • Harmonic Vocabulary featuring a wealth of melodic examples using all the chords and progressions previously learned.

200 pages, $32.

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Guitar legend Barry Finnerty was on some of the most important jazz fusion recordings of the 1970s and 80s, including: Miles Davis' “The Man With The Horn,” The Brecker Bros. “Heavy Metal Bebop,” The Crusaders “Street Life.”

In addition to playing with these landmark groups, Barry has played and/or recorded with many other jazz greats, including: Hubert Laws, Ray Barretto, Airto, Joe Farrell, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band, Billy Cobham, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chico Hamilton, and many more.

Barry also has seven CDs out under his own name. See for details.