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Harmonic Analysis - Introduction

Introduction to the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords.

PUBLISHED: Apr 9, 2012 • UPDATED: Apr 9, 2012 • LESSON CODE: MLRMAe-1 • VISITS: 16

ukulele ANY music guitar Subjects: intermediateadvancedtheoryprogressions

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Harmonic Analysis - Introduction

Harmonic Analysis (HA) is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression, sequence, composition or song. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and has a particular chord type.

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This series of lessons are extracted from my book for use with individual private and on-line students. Each lesson directly corresponds the chapters in my book Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution by Curt Sheller (me).

  • Introduction
  • Basic Concepts
  • The Six Harmonic Principles
  • Full Diatonic
  • Partial Diatonic
  • Internal Modulation
  • Unresolved
  • Chromatic
  • Cycles
  • Scale Selection
  • Chord substitution
  • Common Progressions
  • Common Harmonic Sequences
  • Main and Minor Scale Harmonized Chord Charts
  • Mode Harmonized Chord Charts
  • Worksheets
  • Conclusion

Once your learn chords the real power and benefit comes from knowing how they relate to each other, their harmonic function, their Chord Spelling i.e. the Chord Tones .

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Harmonic Analysis - Basic Concepts • Updated: Apr 6, 2012

The basic concepts for starting to lear how to analyze the harmonic structure of a chord progresson or songs.

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"Yes, Virgina there are 15 major and their relative minor keys."

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The magical, mysterious, and mystical Cycle of Fifths.

Harmonic Analysis - Modes Harmonized Chord Charts • Updated: Apr 6, 2012

Triads and 4-parts chords for ALL traditional scale modes.

Harmonic Analysis - Worksheet and Examples • Updated: Apr 6, 2012

A blank worksheet and examples for notating your harmonic anlaysis.

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