Jingle Bell Rock

Harmonic Analysis Worksheet (RMA/HA)

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Jingle Bell Rock


Harmonic Analysis (RMA) Worksheet for the song: Jingle Bell Rock.

Jingle Bell Rock

Released: November 28, 1957

Jingle Bell Rock is an American Christmas song first released by Bobby Helms in 1957. It has received frequent airplay in the United States during every Christmas season since then, and is generally considered Helms' signature song. "Jingle Bell Rock" was composed by Joseph Carleton Beal (1900–1967) and James Ross Boothe (1917–1976), although both Helms and session guitarist on the song Hank Garland disputed this (see Authorship controversy section below). Beal was a Massachusetts-born public relations professional and longtime resident of South Ocean Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Boothe was an American writer in the advertising business. (wikiwand) ·

Jingle Bell Rock 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

G G#dim Am D7 D+ A7 G7 C C#dim Em7 E7 Cm

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 P5 ↓ 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.

    • Jingle Bell Rock is in 4/4, Common Time and the Key of G . Original Key: D, 120 bpm.
    • C Tuning, Low G

    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.

    G
    Gmaj7
    G6
    Gmaj7
    G
    G
    G
    G#dim
    I
    I#dim

    G# Dim

    G Ionian

    Am
    D7
    Am
    D7
    Am
    D7
    II
    V
    II
    V
    II
    V

    1.

    2.
    Am
    D7
    D+ :||
    A7
    D7
    II
    V

    II7
    ( V of V)

    V
    G
    G7
    C
    C#dim
    G
    I

    I7
    ( V of IV)

    IV
    #IVdim
    I

    C# Dim

    G
    Em7
    A7
    Em7
    A7
    D7
    I
    VI7

    II7
    ( V of V)

    VI7

    II7
    ( V of V)

    V

    A Mix: This is a Secondary Dominant II7 with, what would be its II chord: Em7
    Or you can think of it as an Unresolved II V in D Major

    G
    Gmaj7
    G6
    Gmaj7
    D7
    G
    G
    G
    V
    I
    E7
    C
    Cm
    A7
    D7
    VI7
    IV
    IVm
    VI7
    V

    E Mix

    C Dorian

    A Mix

    A7
    D7
    A7
    D7
    G
    VI
    V
    VI
    V
    I

    A Mix

    A Mix

    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

    C Tuning, Low or High G

    C Tuning, Low or High G

    To play this Into as written and handle the B in measures 2 and 4 a Low G, C Tuning in needed. For High GWhat's one note, go for it and It will be OK ;-)

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