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Harmonic Analysis Lesson Series

For scale selection and chord substutition.

PUBLISHED: Mar 24, 2013 • UPDATED: Jan 6, 2020 • LESSON CODE: MLRMAe • VISITS: 20

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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

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

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

Vertical and Horizontal scale selection.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Full Diatonic, Partial Diatonic, Internal Modulation, Unresolved, Chromatic, Cycle Harminic Principles.

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

A Full Diatonic chord is defined as a chord that has its root and species (chord type) in its harmonized chord chart.

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

An Internal Modulation is when a change of tonal center has occurred.

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

A Partial Diatonic chord is defined as a chord that has its root in the harmonized chord chart but its species is NOT in harmoni

Harmonic Analysis - Unresolved • Updated: Mar 24, 2013

The Unresolved harmonic principle is when a chord is in the harmonized chord chart but does not resolve to its I chord.

Harmonic Analysis - Chromatic • Updated: Apr 6, 2012

Chords ascending or descending by Chromatic half steps between roots.

Harmonic Analysis - Cycles • Updated: Apr 6, 2012

A Cycle is when there is an equal distance between roots (at least 3 chords) and the same species for each chord, ascending or d

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.

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Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution
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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
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