I'm A Believer

Harmonic Analysis Worksheet (RMA/HA)

Published: 07 Apr 2023 Updated: 07 Apr 2023Visits: 24Code: ULHA-YB-123

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Subjects: Theory • Progressions • Harmony • Analysis • Rma

I'm A Believer


Harmonic Analysis (RMA) Worksheet for the song: I'm A Believer.

I'm A Believer

Released: November 1966

I'm A Believer is a song written by Neil Diamond and recorded by the Monkees in 1966 with the lead vocals by Micky Dolenz. The single, produced by Jeff Barry, hit the number-one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending December 31, 1966, and remained there for seven weeks, becoming the last No. 1 hit of 1966 and the biggest-selling single for all of 1967. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 5 song for 1967. While originally published by Screen Gems-Columbia Music (BMI), it is now published by Stonebridge Music/EMI Foray Music (SESAC), with administration passed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing Group.

The song was No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart for four weeks in January and February 1967 and reached the top spot in numerous countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Ireland. (WikipediA) ·

The original Monkees hit recording is in G Mixolydian .

The I'm A Believer uke group chart I created for the Funky Frets Ukulele Meetup Group — Boyertown, PA USA has the Intro, Fills , and Wipeout influenced solo on the chart.

Checkout the I'm A Believer song chart below for all the lick, fills, and the solo.

I'm A Believer is in the The Daily Ukulele 365 Songs for Better Living book.

Strum a different song every day with easy arrangements of 365 of your favorite songs in one big songbook! The Daily Ukulele features ukulele arrangements with melody, lyrics and uke chord grids and are in ukulele-friendly keys that are particularly suited for groups of one to one hundred to play and sing.

Chords

D A C G

Theses and many other chords where covered in the Learn A Chord A Day series of lessons.

C Tuning Chords

Starting Melody Note and 1st Interval

  • Start on Root ↑ M2.
  • INTERVALS: Root=note that begins a scale of the starting key; C is C, D is D, Am is a, Em is E, etc... m=minor; M=Major; P=Perfect; D=Diminished; A=Augmented. • ↑ is up/ascending; ↓ is down/descending;

    Harmonic Analysis (HA)

    A Harmonic Analysis (RMA/HA) and its worksheet are intended to show the function of the chords, the harmonic principles used, the keys and tonalities the song explores. And, can be used for scale selections and chord and scale substitutions.

    A Harmonic Analysis Worksheet is NOT intended to be a leadsheet and minimal roadmap information such repeats, fines, D.S., D.C., codas have been used in preparing the worksheets to somewhat mirror the leadsheet in the Daily Ukulele book..

    Sections, Verse, Chorus, 1st, 2nd Ending, turnbacks …

    The worksheets will show 1st, 2nd Ending, turnbacks, etc. as in indicated the Yellow Book. You should start to recognize that 1st endings typically always return to a previous or verse or section. With a 2nd ending, a transition to a different section, a or chorus. Harmonic Principles are used for these repeats and transitions.

    If turnbacks chord are not indication for the these 1st, 2nd Ending will indicate recommended chord(s) in parentheses or as an alternate harmony in Red . Typically the last measures or turnbacks will be a chord that resolves to and harmonically leads you to the next section or turning you back to the same section.

    Reference Key

    This is the key of the source leadsheet.

    Harmonic Principles Used:

    Harmonic Analysis (HA) Worksheet

    Visit the Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection series of lessons for information on creating a Harmonic Analysis Worksheet

    A re-harmonization, in Red can be simple, sticking pretty close to the original composer's intentions or complex and a whole new set of chord changes.

    D
    A
    C
    D
    D
    I
    V
    VII
    I
    I
    D
    A
    C
    D
    D
    I
    V
    VII
    I
    I

    Repeat of line 1.

    G
    D
    G
    D
    IV
    I
    IV
    I
    G
    D
    A
    A
    IV
    I
    V
    V

    The last measure of the above line is five (5) beats.

    A
    D
    G
    D
    G
    D
    G
    V
    I
    IV
    I
    IV
    I
    IV
    D
    G
    D
    G
    D
    G
    D
    G
    I
    IV
    I
    IV
    I
    IV
    I
    IV
    D
    G
    D
    G
    D
    I
    IV
    I
    IV
    I

    D.S. last time and fade

    C
    A
    A
    VII
    V
    V

    Scale Selection

    Once a Harmonic Analysis has been completed then scale selections can be made. These scale selections can be either vertical and horizontal choices. And, really only needed if you are going to take a solo or embellish the melody with added notes.

    Scale Abbreviation Legend

    Traditional Scales: Maj: Major (Ionian), Dim: Diminished, WT: Whole Tone, Har Min: Harmonic Minor,
    Contemporary Scales: Minor Pent: Minor Pentatonic, Pent: Major Pentatonic, Blues,
    Scale/Mode Names: Ion: Ionian (Major), Dor: Dorian (Minor), Phrygian: Phrygian, Lyd: Lydian, Mix: Mixolydian (Dominant), Aeol: Aeolian (Natural Minor), Loc: Locrian

    Checkout LESSONSeries : Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection or download the Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection book. And the QuickStart Series of Scale and Arpeggio books.

    RMA book cover QS1UKES book cover

    Performance Notes

    The original Monkees hit recording is in the G Mixolydian.

    The I'm A Believer uke group chart I created teh Funky Frets Music Store Ukulele Meetup Group has the Intro, Fills , and Wipeout influenced solo on the chart.

    Checkout the I'm A Believer song chart below for all the lick, fills, and the solo.

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