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The Andalusian Chord Progression

The Andalusian cadence is a term adopted from flamenco music for a chord progression comprising four chords descending stepwise.

PUBLISHED: Sep 10, 2013 UPDATED: Oct 7, 2016VIEWS: 72 • LESSON CODE: UL59a

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The Andalusian Chord Progression

The Andalusian cadence is a term adopted from flamenco music for a chord progression comprising four chords descending stepwise. It is otherwise known as the minor descending tetrachord. Traceable back to the Renaissance, its effective sonorities made it one of the most popular progressions in classical music.

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The upper tetrachord of minor scales varies: in C minor, the sixth may be Ab or A while the seventh may be Bb or B. To avoid confusion the chords of the progression may have accidentals added. The Andalusian cadence may then be notated I bVII bVI V rather than simply I VII VI V. The bVII note and chord is called the sub-tonic. In the final chord V the leading note replaces the sub-tonic.

Example in C Minor: Cm Bb Ab G. Example in C Major: C Bb Ab G. The main different ic the I, the first chord being major or minor.

Example Songs

  • Maui, Hawai'ian Sup'pa Man
  • Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - by Led Zeppelin
  • Basketball Jones - by Cheech & Chong
  • Believe - Elton John
  • China Girl - David Bowe
  • Feels Like the First Time - Foreigner
  • Fever
  • Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
  • Guitar Tango - The Shadows
  • Happy Together - by The Turtles
  • Hey Joe - by Deep Purple
  • Hit the Road Jack
  • I Will Survive - by Gloria Gaynor
  • I'll Be Back - The Beatles
  • Layla - by Eric Clapton
  • Love Child - by The Supremes
  • Maneater - Hall And Oates
  • Pipeline - by The Ventures
  • Runnaway - Del Shannon
  • Science Fiction Double Feature - Richard O'Brien and Richard Hartley
  • Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
  • Stray Cat Strut - The Stray Cats
  • Walk Don't Run

One progression and lot of songs.


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Remembering Songs • Updated: Mar 19, 2019

Listening to songs and wanting to play the same songs on ukulele - that's what draws most people to the ukulele. That and it looks like a load of fun and easy too play - which it is. Then you need to actually remember the songs that you're learning so you can play them again. And, hopefully not have to read them off a sheet all the time.

Remembering a song is lot like remembering the directions for a road trip. There are the turn-by-turn directions, road maps, signs and landmarks that will get you to where you are going. Turn here, turn there, remember this and remember that landmark. With a songs it's the chords, the melody, style, the harmonic cells, the form, etc that are part of the song that you want to remember.

Harmonic Analysis Lesson Series • Updated: Jan 6, 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).

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Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution
Updated: Nov 20, 2020

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.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele
Updated: Nov 24, 2009

Exploring jazz chords using a variety of common chord progressions based on songs from the standard jazz repertoire. Core Chords are the basic set of chords needed to play a wide range of music, in a variety of styles. This set of chords includes basic open position chords, basic movable form chords and the core 4-part "jazz" chords.

A Guide to Ukulele Chords for Lefties
Updated: Jan 10, 2020

Covering basic ukulele chords that ALL uke players MUST know, movable chord forms, rock uke chords, how to transpose chords, learning the ukulele fingerboard and an introduction to 4-part jazz chords and more... FOR LEFTIES - Tunings: C, G, or D Tunings. Low or high string four variations.

A Guide to Ukulele Strums
Updated: Apr 11, 2019

Learn a variety of strums and rhythmic patterns in wide range of musical styles. One of the first skills a ukulele player learns is the art and craft of strumming, playing rhythm. This refers to an accompaniment technique suitable for the singer, singer - songwriter or someone who plays a support role for another instrument.

Modular Phonetic Rhythm, The Foundation and Workbook 1
Updated: Nov 9, 2015

Modular Phonetic Rhythm represents a significant advance in the teaching and application of rhythm. Eliminating many inefficient aspects of rhythm education, Modular Phonetic Rhythm streamlines the traditional educational approach, resulting in a reflexive reaction to rhythm.

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Walk Don't Run Updated: Aug 5, 2019

Walk Don't Run is a rock'n'roll instrumental composition written and first performed by Johnny Smith in 1955. It became a hit single in the autumn of 1960 for the Seattle-based instrumental rock band The Ventures. In the UK, the tune was covered by the John Barry Seven, whose version, while only peaking at #11 on the Record Retailer chart, compared with the Ventures' #8, outcharted them to reach the Top 10 on other UK charts such as that of the NME.

Sunny Updated: Oct 1, 2011

Sunny is the name of a song written by Bobby Hebb. It is one of the most covered popular songs, with hundreds of versions released. BMI rates "Sunny" number 25 in its "Top 100 songs of the century".

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Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection Updated: Jan 1, 2003

Harmonic Analysis is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression or song. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and is a particular chord type. The relationship of a chord's to a scale determines its function within that scale's tonality.

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

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

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