I see you have different versions of the Harmony System, Jazz and Contemporary and Gospel,. does it matter which Harmony System I purchase?
No, they are all contains the same instructional material. The only difference is the chord voicings. If you purchase one version you can easily just switch the voicing reference. All the voicing references are available individually. We also have NEO SOUL, R&B, TRITONES and Smooth Black Gospel.
What’s the difference between the windows PC and iPhone version of PIANO HARMONY MIDI Studio?
Both version have the same features. The windows PC version has all chords an chord genres already installed. The iPhone version the chords are available as separate in-app purchases inside the app. That is why the iPhone version is a free download.
What’s the difference between the Harmony System and the 7-day Play-by-Ear Training?
The 7 day play by ear training is a quickstart guided tour of the harmony system focusing on the fundamentals over a 7 day period, This is for those who need additional hand holding on using the Harmony System. There is a video and exercises each day that will focus on a different tone of the scale. At the end of 7 days you will be confident to explore the full harmony system and utilize the additional voicings in the full package.
Can I use the Harmony System or 7 Day-training alone?
Yes. Each package stands by itself and can be used alone. Consider the 7-day training an introduction to the Harmony System. Feel free to start with the Harmony System and skip the 7 Day training. If you feel you need extra hand holding, add the 7 day training.
How long before I can play without music?
Within one week you should be able to take any single note melody and play with both hands full chords. You should no longer require any sheet music. You will have a total full understanding of how to harmonize a song.
At what point does all that music theory mumbo jumbo come into play?
It does not. The system takes care of the music theory behind the scenes with how the voicings in this course are created. The chords go together like LEGO building blocks. Complicated mathematical analysis was performed to create this course and method. So many people play well without knowing any music theory and they can’t explain it. We simply explain it step by step so you can join their ranks.
What’s the difference between the Black Gospel Chord References and the Jazz and Contemporary Voicings?
The Jazz and Contemporary voicings are ‘one’ handed voicings. The black gospel voicings are BIG two handed thick voicings that have a darker flavor.
What’s the difference between the Chords on Cards beginner deck and the Master decks?
The chord on cards beginner deck is ideally for somebody who has never played a piano before and wants to use the Harmony System. The chords are very simple basic chords based on traditional textbook harmony. The Master decks have very advanced voicings who and typically for somebody who wants to develop their own flavor and sound.
What’s the difference between the Chords on Cards and voicing reference volumes?
The chord on the cards and chord in the reference volumes are exactly the same. It’s just just a matter of preference. Once you define who you are and what voicings you like you can narrow down what you are working with to the appropriate set of cards and work with them right at your instrument. The Master Decks and volumes have thousands of voicings. When you get familiar with the system you will probably only use 20 or 30. We give you all the voicings so you can discover yourself and explore harmony. As you see in the videos, the chords go together like LEGO building blocks so you need to establish what subset of the block you are going to work with to define who you are musically.
Do I need the software and the cards and the reference books?
No. You can get either the cards or the software or the reference volumes, they all contain the same voicings. It is just a matter of preference. The software has the added advantage of being able to PRINT the cards. You can arrange the cards virtually in the software. Try out all the voicings and then print out that small subset of voicings that define you as cards. The voicings print out on 8’1/2 x 11 sheets with 4 vocings per sheet.
So you can actually read the voicings visually as if they were sheet music after you print out your creation! Here is a sample of what the chords look like printed. The entire course is very visual anybody can play these advanced chords. Just follow the pictures.