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Harmonic Analysis Lesson Series

For scale selection and chord substutition.

PUBLISHED: Mar 24, 2013 UPDATED: Jan 6, 2020 • VIEWS: 3 • LESSON CODE: MLRMAe

Instruments: ANY ukulele guitar music banjo drums harmonica mandolin piano lapsteel Subjects: advancedintermediateprogressionstheorychords

Harmonic Analysis Lesson Series

Harmonic Analysis ( HA ) is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and has a particular chord type. The relationship of a chord's root to a scale determines its function within that scale's tonality. Once a chord's function is identified, scale selections along with chord and scale substitutions can be made. This process is called Root Movement Analysis ( RMA ).

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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 - Introduction • Updated: Apr 9, 2012

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.

Harmonic Analysis - Scale Selection • Updated: Apr 6, 2012

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 covers the vertical and horizontal scale selection.

Harmonic Analysis - Major and Minor Harmonized Chord Charts • Updated: Apr 6, 2012

Major and Minor Harmonized Chord Charts used for while doing a Harmonic Analysis. Shows triads and 4-part chords for ALL 15 major and minor keys.* "Yes, Virgina there are 15 keys."*

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

Modes Harmonized Chord Charts used for while doing a Harmonic Analysis. Shows triads and 4-parts chords for ALL 15 major and minor keys.

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

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.

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

Harmonic Analysis is the process of determining the root movement of chords within a chord progression, the chord types that are used as well as identifying tonal centers. This root movement can be determined and categorized using one of six harmonic principles and the harmonized chord charts reference in the lessons. These six harmonic principles are covered in the lessons of this series.

Harmonic Analysis - The Six harmonic Principles • Updated: Jan 29, 2020

Harmonic Analysis is the process of determining the root movement of chords within a chord progression, the chord types that are used as well as identifying tonal centers. This root movement can be determined and categorized using one of six harmonic principles and the harmonized chord charts reference in the lessons. These six harmonic principles are covered in the lessons of this series.

Harmonic Analysis - Full Diatonic • Updated: Apr 6, 2012

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 covers the Full Diatonic harmonic principle.

Harmonic Analysis - Internal Modulation • Updated: Apr 6, 2012

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 covers the Internal Modulation harmonic principle.

Harmonic Analysis - Partial Diatonic • Updated: Apr 6, 2012

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 covers the partial Diatonic harmonic principle.

Harmonic Analysis - Unresolved • Updated: Mar 24, 2013

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 covers the Unresolved harmonic principle.

Harmonic Analysis - Chromatic • Updated: Apr 6, 2012

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 covers the Chromatic harmonic principle.

Harmonic Analysis - Cycles • Updated: Apr 6, 2012

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 covers the Cycles harmonic principle.

Harmonic Analysis - Chord Substitution Principles • Updated: Mar 23, 2012

A Substitution is when a chord replaces or is used in addition to an existing chord. Chords can have an 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 for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution
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Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele
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A Guide to Advanced Ukulele Chords - Volume I
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A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z
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A Guide to Guitar Chords
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The Advanced Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Guitar - Volume I
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The Advanced Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Guitar - Volume II
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The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Guitar - Volume I
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The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele - Volume I
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Exploring voice leading and chord magnetism.

The Advanced Guide to Guitar Chords - Volume I
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Ukulele Chords - C Tuning
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Common Chord Progressions and Remembering Songs
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Learning the similarities between chord progressions and songs helps you remember a lot of songs. There's a lot more in common between songs than one might think.

Jazz Standard Chord Progressions
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These are the chord progressions, extracted from my book Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele for use with on-line and private students.

Types of Chords Available on Ukulele
Updated: Jan 1, 2003

The types of chords possible on ukulele include open position chords, movable form chords, 4-part chords, a.k.a. jazz chords and free from chords.

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A Guide to Advanced Chords Series - Chord Building Chart
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Harmonic Analysis Major and Minor Chord Charts
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