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 chordâ€™s root to a scale determines its function within that scaleâ€™s tonality. Once a chordâ€™s function is identified, scale selections along with chord and scale substitutions can be made. We call this process Root Movement Analysis (RMA).
This series of lessons from the book focuses on the following topics:
- Analysis of chord functions within chord progressions and songs.
- Scale selection based on chord function.
- Chord and scale substitution principles.
The chord progressions and songs in this book are based on Tonic-Dominant and Modal harmony found in Jazz and Popular songs, widely considered to be part of the popular and â€œstandardâ€ repertoire.
The principles in this book are based on extensive research and application. A special thanks to Chuck Anderson for many of the concepts put forth in this book.
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Harmonic Analysis - Basic Concepts
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 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 ).
Harmonic Analysis - Worksheet and Examples
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.
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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.
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