Harmonic Analysis Lesson Series

For scale selection and chord substutition.

PUBLISHED: Mar 24, 2013 • UPDATED: Jan 6, 2020 • LESSON CODE: MLRMAe • VISITS: 13

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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

Harmonic Analysis - Scale Selection

Harmonic Analysis - Major and Minor Harmonized Chord Charts

Harmonic Analysis - Modes Harmonized Chord Charts

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

Harmonic Analysis - Worksheet and Examples

Harmonic Analysis - Basic Concepts

Harmonic Analysis - The Six harmonic Principles

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

Harmonic Analysis - Full Diatonic

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

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

Harmonic Analysis - Partial Diatonic

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

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

Chords ascending or descending by Chromatic half steps between roots.

Harmonic Analysis - Cycles

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

A substitution is when a chord replaces or is used in addition to an existing chord.

Lesson Books

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Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution

Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele

Using a variety of common chord progressions based on songs from the standard jazz repertoire.

A Guide to Advanced Ukulele Chords - Volume I

A highly organized and efficient approach to the mysterious subject of advanced chords.

A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z

26 blues progression in C and G tuning, progressing from basic to advanced jazz progression, with chord grids and substitutions

A Guide to Guitar Chords

Covers basic guitar chords for beginning to intermediate guitar students.

The Advanced Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Guitar - Volume I

Volume I covers the keys of C, F and Bb.

The Advanced Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Guitar - Volume II

Volume II covers the keys of E, A, D and G.

The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Guitar - Volume I

The principles of voice leading applied to chord progressions.

The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele - Volume I

Exploring voice leading and chord magnetism.

The Advanced Guide to Guitar Chords - Volume I

Commonly referred to as jazz chords, this book provides detailed information on voicing 4-part chords.

Ukulele Chords - C Tuning

The ukulele chord book for every ukulele gig bag or case. New Updated 2 Printing.

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Common Chord Progressions and Remembering Songs

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.

This series of lessons explores common chord progressions.

Remembering songs is lot like remembering the directions for a road trip. There are the turn-by-turn directions, road maps, signs and landmarks. Turn here, turn there, remember this and remember that landmark. With a songs it's the chords, the harmonic cells and form of the song.

With a few music tools and an understanding of the principles of how chords and chords progressions work. You can start unraveling what's going on in a song. There's a lot more in common between songs than you might think. Each song has it's own direction, signs and landmarks.

Types of Chords Available on Ukulele

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.

Open Position Chords

These are the basic first chords most players learn. There're the chords in the first one, two, three and fours frets of the ukulele and include at least one open string.

Basic Movable Form Chords

Sometimes called "barre" chords, these chords are the basic open position chords that venture beyond the third fret and do not include open strings.

4-part Contemporary Chords, a.k.a. Jazz Chords

Beyond basic open position chords and basic movable form chords these are the core set of 4-part chords that are used to build ALL your contemporary, more advanced chords. Commonly called "Jazz" chords these are the chords where the knowing how principles of how chords are constructed and your knowledge of the names of the notes of the ukulele fingerboard offer the most benefit to using and expanding your chord vocabulary. From these core chords you can create all those crazy named chords such as: 9#11, 7#5-9, 13b5, 7+9 - and on the fly as needed.

Free Form Chords

Free Form chords are those chords that do not fall into one of the above categories. They typically don't show up in chord dictionaries or software programs. You can create these chords when you know the notes of the ukulele fingerboard, know how chords are constructed and know the names of the notes the chord and the intervals that make up the chord.

Traditional and Contemporary Triads

Somewhere in the mix of the above four chord categories, triads should be explored. Triads are the foundation of most chords. They are amazing versatile chords that can be used harmonically as chords or melodically in solos. The student and the type of music determines

A triad is a three note chord. In traditional chord theory there are four traditional triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. And four contemporary triad chord types: sus2, sus4, add2 and add9.

Triads can be used harmonically, as chords and melodically, as single notes. Triads are a great way to get started with creating melodic solos and improvising.

In my personal and teaching experience triads are the first real challenging chords after the basic open position chords and movable basic chords. I personally found them even harder that the 4-part "jazz" chords.

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A Guide to Advanced Chords Series - Chord Building Chart

A handle dandy reference chart for building fifteen (15) basic triads and 4-part chords.


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Harmonic Analysis Major and Minor Chord Charts

All 15 full diatonic major and minor key with chord charts. For use when performing a harmonic analysis on a song or chord pregression.


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