Barry Harris’ World of Soloing

A Better Approach to Bebop

The Barry Harris Method stands apart from standard bebop pedagogy. While many approaches touch on bebop scales, enclosures, chromaticism, and the like, these concepts alone fall short of capturing that iconic bebop sound. 

Barry Harris’ World of Soloing drives straight to the heart. Its lessons unify the unwritten rules of melody, harmony, and rhythm – passed down from legends like Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and Grant Green – into a comprehensive, step-by-step solution for creating beautiful lines that actually sound like Bebop.

From the 8 ways you must know F7 (Barry never called it Mixolydian!) to the art of implying complex harmony by simply Playing With Family, guitarist Chris Parks expertly guides you through each lesson. Along the way, he shares Barry’s wisdom and fun anecdotes accumulated over three decades of study and friendship with the late, great bebop master.

  • Level 3
  • 8 videos
  • 1 hour
  • Worksheets
  • Subtitles: English

Meet Your Instructor

Chris Parks began studying with the late, great Barry Harris in 1993 and still learns from his teaching every day. In addition to in-person teaching, he began sharing what he learned from Barry on his wildly popular YouTube channel in 2018.

Chris is Open Studio’s guitar guru and hosts five live coaching sessions in Open Studio Pro.

About Barry Harris’ Legacy

Barry Harris was a towering figure in the world of jazz, revered as a pianist, composer, and influential educator. Harris made significant contributions to the development of jazz theory and improvisation. His unique approach to harmonies, scales, and bebop language has revolutionized the way musicians navigate chord progressions, providing them with a deeper understanding and greater freedom of expression.

As a performer, Harris graced the stages of renowned jazz clubs and festivals worldwide, leaving audiences captivated with his virtuosic playing and soulful interpretations. With a career spanning over seven decades, Barry Harris’ playing and teachings live on to inspire and educate new generations of jazz musicians.

Course Contents

Course content

  • Barry's World of Soloing
  • Barry's Approach to Scales Applied to F7
  • Three Important Arpeggios
  • Descending Half Step Rules
  • Barry's Approach to Using Triplets
  • Barry's Beautiful Chromatic Scale
  • Practical Applications on Autumn Leaves
  • Applying Barry's Concepts with Chris and Adam