Hearing Great Harmony

The best way to learn music is to hear it. Adam Maness, teaches you how to create harmonic drama and identify musical devices for tension and resolution.

Hear the essence of the music

Every well-written song uses familiar forms and musical devices to create drama, tension, and ultimately, resolution.

Knowing these timeless harmonic and melodic movements can make it easier understand the “nuts and bolts” behind the music and help make you a more melodically sophisticated player.

But “knowing” is just half the story. Being able to hear these common harmonic progressions will liberate you from the confusion of seemingly isolated chords and disjointed progressions.

Resident piano guru Adam Maness, teaches you the building blocks of these important harmonic events and most importantly, how to identify them when you hear them.

  • LEVEL 3
  • 9 videos
  • 2 hourS
  • Guided Practice SessionS
  • Subtitles: English

Meet Your Instructor

As Open Studio’s Creative Director, Adam Maness develops the curriculum of all of the courses, in addition to teaching his own popular course like Magic Voicing SystemPiano Fingering Independence and more.

Adam is a versatile pianist, arranger, composer, and producer whose performances, original compositions, and arrangements have been featured on numerous recordings and on national and international radio and television broadcasts. He is best known as co-founder and composer for the genre-bending chamber ensemble, The 442s.

Course Contents

Course content

  • Introduction
  • Diatonic 7th Chords
  • Secondary Dominants
  • Secondary Diminished
  • Tritone Substitutions
  • Shifting Tonal Centers
  • Major 6 and 6/9 Chords
  • Have You Met Miss Jones Analysis
  • Body and Soul Analysis