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Harmonic Analysis - Chord Substitution Principles

A substitution is when a chord replaces or is used in addition to an existing chord.

PUBLISHED: Mar 23, 2012 UPDATED: Mar 23, 2012 • VIEWS: 9 • LESSON CODE: MLRMAe-11

Instruments: ukulele ANY music guitar Subjects: transposingintermediatechordsreference

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Harmonic Analysis - Chord Substitution Principles

A Substitution is when a chord replaces or is used in addition to an existing chord.

Chords can have a active or passive quality to them. Active chords tend to be restless and want to move on to other chords. Passive chords tend to offer a feeling of rest and resolution. This cycle of active and passive chords are what gives chord progressions their feeling of movement.

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Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution. This lesson contains a blank worksheet and several completed examples using standards from the jazz repertoire.

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