The Glossary of Harmonic Resources is all about creative exploration. The book is
designed for musicians, songwriters, and composers who are working with chord progressions.
The main body of the work is comprised of chords charted out in the scales
from which they are derived. From the musician with little music reading ability to
the musician who is highly proficient, anyone should be able to benefit from using the
charts. The charts list 450 scales with the chords derived from them listed under the
proper functional heading. A songwriter can choose a key to work with and reference
the derived chords. A chord progression can easily be transposed from one key to another
using the charts. The charts use 15 major keys and 15 minor keys.
The scales chosen for the charts cover a wide variety of music. First, there is a special section
on the blues scale. The blues scale is charted in both the major and the minor keys. Because
the same notes are available in a blues scale whether it is written in a major key or a minor
key, both should be considered together when working in a particular key. For instance, when
working in A blues use the charts for A minor blues and A major blues together. The information
is combined from using them both. Then, the main section uses 16 types of major scales
and modes, and 12 types of minor scales and modes. These are charted using the 15 major and
15 minor keys. The scales are listed with the chords which are derived from the notes of each
scale or mode.
The Glossary includes the following features:
The charted chord functions of 450 scales
774 segmented chord progressions
How to write chord progressions
Glossary of 131 Chord types
How to Write Chords
Glossary of 30 Scale Types
How to Write Scales
Functional Chord Scale Relationships
How to Write Modes For Instrumental Improvisation
A special section on the Blues
Diatonic Cycles and the Circle of Fifths
Enharmonic and Theoretical Notation
Another innovation in the book is the Glossary of Segmented Progressions. The purpose of the
glossary is to provide a stimulus for creativity in writing progressions. Each segment is an idea
to start with which naturally needs to be resolved to the tonic harmony. The Glossary features
774 segmented progressions mathematically constructed from proper principles of harmony.
The principles of movement used for the segments are found in the Chord Progressions Chart
on page 5. From these principles the glossary extrapolated using combinations and permutations.
Using these segmented progressions an endless variety of music can be composed, and
many exercises can be designed for guitar, piano, and organ.