Harmonic Analysis - Introduction

Published: Apr 9, 2012 Updated: Apr 9, 2012 • Visitors: 10 • Page Views: 1

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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. 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 “standard” 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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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.

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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.

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