Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

John Elliott

Version 2.4

26 March 2014



Introduction. 1

New comers. 1

The method. 2

Joins. 2

Bricks. 3

NGHLB the book. 3

Other related books. 4

Tools relating to NGHLB.. 5



This is a FAQ for newcomers to the Google Group for discussion of the New Guide to Harmony with LEGO Bricks (NGHLB) by Conrad Cork. Answers are shown as bullet points below the question to which they apply.


This is the first update to the FAQ since November 2010 (3.5 years). The main reason for the updates is that many of the links no longer work due to Google changing the way that Google Groups work.

New comers

I am new to this method, where should I start?

The method

Is there a summary of the NGHLB system?


Where can I find examples of analysed songs?


Is there a template for producing my own song analysis like the ones loaded to the Files area?



I hear that one of the unique things about the system is the concept of joins. But what exactly are they and when do they apply?

Do joins apply any time any place in a song?


How do I test whether I have learned the feel of a join?


Can I practice all joins round the cycle?


Why can I not see the Rainbow Cadence in the chords for Over the Rainbow?


Is On off on any use if it does not specify the chords in the brick?


NGHLB the book

What editions of the Conrad’s book are there?


Are there versions in any other languages?


Is there any advice as to how to get hold of the entire LISTEN NOW companion tracks?


Where can I get the play-along tracks that go with the Play-along Part of NGHLB?

Other related books

What other books are there about hearing/memorising standards?


Should I buy Grigson, A Jazz Chord Book that is referred to extensively in NGHLB?

Tools relating to NGHLB

I’m having trouble getting into NGHLB and cannot find a teacher to support me. What should I do?


What is Impro-Visor and how does it relate to NGHLB?


What is Transcribe! and how does it relate to NGHLB?


What is Transpose and how does it relate to NGHLB?


What is Seventh String and how does it relate to NGHLB?

[1] Meaning preceding a dominant seventh chord such as G7 with its II-: D- G7.