Harmonic Analysis - Common Chord Progressions

There is a lot more in common thany you might think.

Published: 06 Apr 2012 Updated: 06 Apr 2012Visits: 76Code: MLRMAe-12

INSTRUMENTS: Theory Main: Music Others: ANY Ukulele Guitar Bass Banjo Mandolin Harmonica Drums Piano Lapsteel
Subjects: Theory • Intermediate • Advanced • Progressions

All 4 sample page(s) are viewable on-line.

If you are a registered site member, have verified your email address, and have the correct permissions you can view ALL the pages of this PDF or Samples pages at a larger size using the LearningUkulele.com Online PDF Viewer .

This Download is NOT part of your LearningUkulele.com membership level.

Sign-up for Premium Site Access or Upgrade Your Plan your current access level to download this PDF or your can purchase a copy for download.

After purchasing a PDF , a download link will be sent to you within 24hrs. Working on getting it to be automated.

Each PDF file is a formatted, high resolution file that prints out great. You'll need a PDF Reader or application capable of viewing PDF files to view the PDF.

Download the PDF file for the latest, complete, and most up-to-date version. As well as additional information not presented on-line.

Members and Active Students need to sign-in to download this lesson's PDF for the complete lesson.

Harmonic Analysis - Common Chord Progressions


Common chord progression are simply the sequence of chords that contiounly show up in various styles of music and common keys.

Download the PDF lessons files for the complete lesson.

For a thorough listing of common chord progressions see my book The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions - Vol I and II.

Volume I deals with chord progressions using the Full Diatonic, Partial Diatonic and Chromatic harmonic principles.

Volume II deals with Internal Modulation, Unresolved and Cycle principles.

Additional Content
Available for Premium Site Access Plans Only

Sorry, can't give it ALL away!

This content requires a Premium / Gold Access Plan or enrolled in the Study with Curt - On-line or Private Lesson Program.

To view additional content for this page you'll need to either Sign In or Register for or Upgrade to a Premium Site Access Plan.

Login or SignUp to View Content

This series, is the book Harmonic Analysis for Chord Substitution and Scale Selection by Curt sheller broken out into individual lessons with additional examples and content. Always, the latest version of the book.

Common Chord Functions and Progressions

Common Major Keys

Rock, Folk, Country, Pop, Bluegrass:

C, G, D, A, E

Jazz:

C, F, B, Eb, A, Db, G

NOTE: Their relative minor keys are also common.

The common keys actually corresponded to the dominant, popular instruments used during the particular style. Guitar for the Rock, Folk, Country keys and big band instruments, the horns for Jazz.

Sign-IN — it's FREE — to view, un-blur this lesson.

Harmonic Analysis - Common Chord Progressions…

Common Chord Progressions

For a thorough listing of common chord progressions see my book The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions — Vol I and II . Volume I deals with chord progressions using the Full Diatonic, Partial Diatonic and Chromatic harmonic principles. Volume II deals with Internal Modulation, Unresolved and Cycle principles.

Harmonic Functions of Chords

Individual chords can be categorized by their most common harmonic function. The following partial list is based on the Major Harmonized Chord Scale and shows a chord's most common harmonic function.

I
II
V

Tonic
Supertonic
Dominant

The Classic II V I
Approximately 75 to
80% of ALL Jazz
Chord Progressions

I

Tonic – is the first scale degree / chord of a Diatonic scale (the first note of a scale) and the tonal center or final resolution chord of Tonic/Dominant harmony.

I7

A Partial Diatonic, V of IV Secondary Dominant chord to temporarily tonize the next chord. Also used as a pivot chord for an Internal Modulation to new key/tonal center.

Idim7

A true Diminished linking chord typically used between the I and II .

#Idim7

Or ♭II°7 is not a true Diminished chord.

It's actually a Disguised V of VI Secondary Dominant chord, a VI7b9 .

A notational shortcut vs. using the correct slash chord notation. Example: C♯°7 vs. A7♭9/C♯ . This can often be a publisher's marketing decision based on the perceived ability and level of their customers. Or, I think they just don't have good music editors.

bIIdim7

An Enharmonic Equivalent for the #dim7 above.

bII7

Minor Third Substitution , A tritone sub for V , Usually precedes the I , a common Chromatic harmonic move.

II

Supertonic – functions as the subdominant of I , replacement substitute for IV .

I7

V of V, Secondary Dominant . A Secondary Dominant chords are a Partial Diatonic pivot chord and often used for an Internal Modulation to a new key.

#IIdim7

An Enharmonic Equivalent for the ♭III°7 below.

bIIIdim7

Not a true Diminished chord. A VII7b9 , Disguised V of III Secondary Dominant . A notational shortcut vs. using the correct slash chord notation. Example: D♯°7 vs. B7♭9/D♯ .

bIII7

Minor Third Substitution , A tritone sub for VI , Usually precedes the II , a common Chromatic harmonic move.

III

Mediant, replacement substitute for I .

III7

V of VI Partial Diatonic, Secondary Dominant chord to temporarily tonize the next chord. Also used as a pivot chord for an Internal Modulation to new key/tonal center.

IV

Subdominant

IVm7

m7 or m6 – The II of the bVII7 below . A Minor Third Substitution substitution for a V chord. Or, a mis-named ninth chord a fourth up or fifth below.

IV7

Partial Diatonic chord found in a Blues progression.

#IVdim7

Not a true Diminished chord. A II7b9 , Disguised V of VI Secondary Dominant . A notational shortcut vs. using the correct slash chord notation. Example: F♯°7 vs. E7♭9/G♯ .

bVdim7

An Enharmonic Equivalent for the #IVdim7 above.

V

Dominant

Vm7

The II of the V of IV .

#Vdim7

Not a true Diminished chord. A II7b9 , Disguised V of V Secondary Dominant . A notational shortcut vs. using the correct slash chord notation. Example: G♯°7 vs. D7♭9/C♯ .

bVI7

Substitute for IV usually leads to V .

VI

Submediant – substitute for I , often follows I or occurs between III and II .

bVII7

A Minor Third Substitution substitution. A sub for V leading back to a I . Typically used as IVm7 bVII7 to the I — coming back to the tonic using the backdoor and not via the dominant, front door, V .

VII7

Leading Tone – substitute for V , often follows I or occurs between III and II .

Download the PDF file for the latest, complete, and most up-to-date version. As well as additional information not presented on-line.

End of Lesson - Thanks, Hope You Enjoyed It!

Related Lessons, Videos, Lesson Series, Songs, Books & Reference Charts, Resources & Assets, Workshops are below.

Related Lessons

Related Lessons for Harmonic Analysis - Common Chord Progressions.

MLRMAe-13

Harmonic Analysis - Common Harmonic Sequences

Updated: 13 Mar 2023

Common harmonic sequences and their analysis with scale choices.

MLRMAe

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).

ML-basic-12

Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths and Fourths

Updated: 09 Jun 2023

Traditional key signatures provide a wealth of information that can enhance our understanding of music and its underlying principles.

Related Lesson Series

Related Lessons Series for Harmonic Analysis - Common Chord Progressions.

Common Chord Progressions and Remembering Songs

Updated: 08 Jun 2023

Understanding the similarities between chord progressions and songs can greatly enhance your ability to remember and play a wide variety of songs. It's fascinating how much common ground exists among different musical compositions.

Related Books & Charts

Related Books for Harmonic Analysis - Common Chord Progressions.

RMA1

Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution

Updated: 10 Jun 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.

A Selection of Books & Reference Charts that are recommended for creating a solid foundation with your chosen instrument and music in general.

Books

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard – C Tuning

Finally, learn the names of the notes of the fingerboard.

Six Secrets of Ukulele Fingering

Learn the six fingering principles to navigating the ukulele fingerboard. Fingering is one of the most universal topics.

Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution

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.

Ukulele – Reading Music Series – Primer

Learn to read single note melodies in the first/open position is a lot easier than you might think.

Daily Practice Material for the Contemporary Ukulele

An organized collection of daily practice and reference material for the contemporary ukulele player for developing the vocabulary and knowledge necessary for single note playing.

Checkout the Books for ALL available books.

Reference Charts

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G - G C E A

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G – G C E A

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for G Tuning, Low or High A – D G B E

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for G Tuning, Low or High A – D G B E

Key Signatures — Circle of Fourths and Fifths – ANSI A & A4 sizes

A handy reference chart of all 15 major and relative minor key signatures. US Letter 8.5 x 11 sized (ANSI-A) , A4

Checkout the Books for additional Handy, Dandy Reference Charts.

Site Access Plans for LearningUkulele.com

Forever Access - With Forever Premium Access, you get ALL the benefits of a Premium Access Subscription such as Unlimited 24/7 access to ALL lessons, downloads, songs, play-along jam tracks, videos, email access to Curt, resources, related assets, and ALL books by Curt as FREE downloads. Pretty much everything on the site, and NEVER worry about a subscription or surprise payment again. And jump the queue for responding to any questions.

If you're anything like me (Curt) and getting Subscription overloaded with everything and everybody on-line wanting money from you once a month — I'm with you. For like-minded individuals, this forever plan is a pay once, and you're done.

The price for Unlimited Forever access is right around the cost of a few months of private lessons. I can guarantee there is more than enough material on-line to keep you busy for a long, long time. And, you get all of my books for FREE. That alone is more than the cost of this plan.

Premium Access - This premium gives you Unlimited 24/7 access to ALL lessons, downloads, songs, play-along jam tracks, videos, email access to Curt, resources and related assets. As well as ALL books by Curt Sheller as FREE downloads.

Basic Access - A limited selection of basic lessons — ( currently over 140 ) and 100+ songs for ukulele as well as basic general music reference material — Completely FREE — Simply Register/Signup. HOWEVER - I've been doing ukulele and LearningUkulele.com since 2003 and probably have given too much away already - as reflected in my income from the site in relationship to the time spent on the site. So help support this site and its continued development by signing up for one of the below Premium Access Plans or buy a few of my books. - Thanks, Curt

NOTE: Each higher access level includes ALL the benefits of the lower levels. Private Lessons include all the benefits of a Premium Access Plans as long as you remain a student on the schedule.

Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!Peter Rhee

Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the bestGlen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys

Folks, if you haven't stopped by Curt's site, do so right now! ..And get his books, they are fantastic. This guy knows his stuff and is able to pass it along too.Alan Johnson Proprietor, The 4th Peg

I can highly recommend Curt's Uke books — I have four of them and they are excellent.fatveg — Portland

Want to drop LearningUkulele.com & Learning Ukulele with Curt a nice comment . We always like to know how we are and you are doing. We'll post any comment, quotes throughout the site and you can help spread the word .

Thanks for visiting and checking out the site!

curtieAnim.gif rw.vg.gif

Original Curtie Animation from 1987 for my first web site on a Macintosh II, 37 years ago. Man, does time fly.

“Built for myself (Curt), and sharing with the `Ukulele community!”

LearningUkulele.com has one of the largest collections of lessons, songs, and TABS, Luthiers, ukulele builders, ukulele festival and club information, and, ukulele links on the web. Curt has been on the ®Internet since the early 1990's and This site just never stops growing!!!

Content is added and updated daily — so check back often. I really do need to get out more ;-)

Love LearningUkulele.com? • Show your support!
Support development via a monthly membership or a one-time forever membership!