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Harmonic Analysis Lesson Series

For scale selection and chord substutition.

PUBLISHED: Mar 24, 2013 UPDATED: Jan 6, 2020VIEWS: 39 • LESSON CODE: MLRMAe

Instruments: ANY ukulele guitar music banjo drums harmonica mandolin piano lapsteel bass 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 12, 2012

A Harmonic Analysis is then used to make vertical and horizontal scale selection for improvisation and chord substitution.

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

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

Harmonic Analysis - Modes Harmonized Chord Charts • Updated: Apr 12, 2012

The triads and 4-part chords for ALL 15 major and minor keys.

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

A blank worksheet and examples for notating your harmonic analysis.

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 referenced in the lessons.

Harmonic Analysis - The Six Harmonic Principles - Overview • Updated: Jan 14, 2021

This lessons cover the "Six Harmonic Principles" that are used to do a Harmonic Anlyasis - the understanding of the functional sequence of chords.

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

"Partial Diatonic" is defined as a chord that HAS its root in the - "Harmonize Chord Chart," but its species or chord type is NOT in the Harmonized Chord Chart. Partial Diatonic chords are used to link chords without leaving the current key center. Secondary Dominant chords are a big part of this 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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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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Volume II covers the keys of E, A, D and G. The key of E includes detailed accompanying text explaining the principles behind each progression. Each volume of The Advanced Guide to Blues Progressions for Guitar features basic to advanced blues chord progressions. to be used with the chord voicings from volume I, II & III of The Advanced Guide to Guitar Chords.

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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The Advanced Guide to Guitar Chords - Volume I
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Common Chord Progressions and Remembering Songs Updated: Jan 1, 2003

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Jazz Standard Chord Progressions Updated: Jan 1, 2003

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