Lawrence A. Buckler Expounds on the Chord Harmonization Process in Music

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New book “How to Harmonize Chords to Melody” is the first reference that delves extensively into the chord harmonization process.

Harmonizing chords to melody involves identifying chord tones and intervals in a melody and determining the chords they imply. This is a skill that is essential for any musician who must rely on the harmonic structure of the melody to determine the chords. "How to Harmonize Chords to Melody", a comprehensive reference written by Lawrence A. Buckler, covers this process of harmonizing chords.

"How to Harmonize Chords to Melody" was created after the author recognized that no single textbook that extensively discussed harmonizing chords was available. It was drawn from literature and materials on harmony that have been used in universities since 1900. It is aimed to provide suitable accompaniment chords only to a given melody in lead sheet format. Another purpose is to enable the transformation of raw melody into diatonic music by harmonizing only diatonic chords to it. To achieve the purposes of the book, Buckler provides a wealth of guides, rules and charts that will all prove useful in the learning process. He reviews a number of topics fundamental to the basic theory of music in order to facilitate understanding of the harmonization process.

Extensive and valuable, “How to Harmonize Chords to Melody” is a manual that every musician who composes or transcribes music and who plays accompaniment to a soloist will be glad to have.

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How to Harmonize Chords to Melody * by Lawrence A. Buckler
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 201 pages; 978-1-4691-4200-5

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