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The Andalusian Chord Progression MEMBER LESSON
Published: Sep 10, 2013 Updated: Oct 7, 2016, • 4512

The Andalusian Chord Progression

by Curt Sheller, Curt Sheller Publications

The Andalusian cadence is a term adopted from flamenco music for a chord progression comprising four chords descending stepwise. It is otherwise known as the minor descending tetrachord. Traceable back to the Renaissance, its effective sonorities made it one of the most popular progressions in classical music.


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The upper tetrachord of minor scales varies: in C minor, the sixth may be Ab or A while the seventh may be Bb or B. To avoid confusion the chords of the progression may have accidentals added. The Andalusian cadence may then be notated I bVII bVI V rather than simply I VII VI V. The bVII note and chord is called the subtonic. In the final chord V the leading note replaces the subtonic.

Example in C major: C Bb Ab G.

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  • Guitar Tango - The Shadows
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