Does anyone know of any cool books that explain harmony theory. How to compose harmonies. Im good and doing lead melodies
over chord progressions but i want to start writing more complex and nicer harmonies and melodies. My guitar teacher does give
harmony lessons but id like to have a book about it.
Meir (my guitar teacher) loaned me, wait for it, Dummies Guide to Soloing.
It's damn good. Way advanced for me, at the time.
It covers everything, including harmony but it was just too much of a schlepp for me to bother with at the time.
I think you'd like it.
The Elements of Music: Concepts and Applications - Ralph Turek
Harmony and Theory: A Comprehensive Source for All Musicians - Keith Wyatt & Carl Schroeder
The Guitar Grimoire series of books are really good for building complex progrock progressions and improvising/harmonising etc etc. It even explains a lot about jazz technique as well like playing using voicings and triad sturctures and their inversions (which is pretty cool). It knowcked my socks off the first time, i read the stuff. However, the books are bit complicated as they aren't written in simple english. Its written with people who understand. But i guess, if you know ur circle of 5th/4th and ur major and minor modes, things should be fine. Incidentally, it is also a fantastic tool for helping you with ideas that involve multiple key changes yet keep it connected. It also explains Satriani's concept of pitch axis really well.