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Harmonic Analysis - Introduction

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

Published: 09 Apr 2012 Updated: 09 Apr 2012Visits: 34Code: MLRMAe-1

Topic: Theory ukulele ANY music guitar Subjects: Theory Intermediate Advanced Progressions

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Harmonic Analysis - Introduction

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.

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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 - Basic Concepts • Updated: 06 Apr 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 - Major and Minor Harmonized Chord Charts • Updated: 06 Apr 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 Lesson Series • Updated: 06 Jan 2020

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 ). 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).

Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths and Fourths • Updated: 02 Mar 2021

There is a load of information in traditional "Key Signatures." Unlocking the principles in this circle leads to a better understanding of music and how things work. A key signature is a series of sharp or flat symbols placed on the staff, designating the notes that are to be consistently played higher or lower than the equivalent natural notes.

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

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

Harmonic Analysis - Worksheet and Examples • Updated: 06 Apr 2012

A blank worksheet and examples for notating your harmonic analysis.

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Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution
Updated: Jun 10, 2021

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.

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Common Chord Progressions and Remembering Songs Updated: 01 Jan 2003

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.

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Key Signatures - Cycle of Fourths and Fifths Updated: 14 Oct 2019

A handy reference chart of all 15 major and relative minor key signatues. US Letter 8.5 x 11 sized.

A Guide to Advanced Chords Series - Chord Building Chart Updated: 31 Dec 2016

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