26 Miles (Santa Catalina)

Harmonic Analysis Worksheet (RMA/HA)

Published: 09 Mar 2023 Updated: 15 Dec 2023Visits: 44Code: ULHA-YB-233

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Subjects: Theory • Progressions • Harmony • Analysis • Rma

26 Miles (Santa Catalina)


Harmonic Analysis (RMA) Worksheet for the song: 26 Miles (Santa Catalina).

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26 Miles (Santa Catalina)

Released: 1957

26 Miles (Santa Catalina) is a popular song by the 1950s and 1960s pop band The Four Preps. It reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number six on the Billboard R&B chart in 1958. The song sold over a million copies and the group appeared on several television shows, including The Gisele MacKenzie Show (March 15, 1958) and The Ed Sullivan Show.

At the age of 15, the band's lead singer Bruce Belland broke his ankle and took up the ukulele to pass the time while recuperating. He learned four chords, which ended up becoming the song's opening music. The chorus was developed some time later when, while body surfing at a California beach, Belland's friend said he could see Santa Catalina 26 miles away. The main theme is summed up in the last line in the refrain, stating that Santa Catalina is the island of romance, with the word romance repeated four times. (wikiwand) ·

An alternate chorus in the song includes the words Forty kilometers in a leaky old boat . . ., a rare mention of a metric unit in American popular music, and a tolerably accurate conversion (26 miles = 41.8 km).

26 Miles (Santa Catalina) 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

C Am Dm G7 F D7

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 ↓ m3. Original in the Key of F#/Gb at 121 bmp.
  • 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.

    • 26 Miles (Santa Catalina) is in the Key of C .

    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

    C
    Am
    Dm
    G7

    This repeats seven (7x) times.

    I
    VI
    II
    V

    The Classic '50s, Doo-wop Progression.

    C
    F
    C
    C7
    F
    G7
    C
    Am
    I
    IV
    I

    I7
    ( V of IV)

    IV
    V
    I
    VI

    C Mix

    D7
    G7
    C
    Am
    Dm
    G7

    II7
    ( V of V)

    V

    I
    VI
    II
    V

    D Mix

    The I VI II V repeats 4x.
    The song ends on a C.

    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

    Intro

    Simple Bass like intro. If your group's bass player(s) is doing the intro have them play it in an upper octave. A Low G, C Tuned uke with a low G is what is shown.

    C Tuning, Low G

    C Tuning, Low or High G

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

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