The Secret Life of Chords: A guide to chord progressions and composition

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This book presents a complete methodology for learning how chord progressions work and how to apply these principles to your own creative endeavours.

Any chord progression can be seen as a combination of tonic, dominant and subdominant chords.

We employ 12 frequently used combinations which we call the core progressions. The first chapter demonstrates the core progressions in their simplest form using three major chords. Chapters 2-7 show which chords can be used as substitutes for the three majors to widen the range of expressive possibilities. This is similar to the way a painter uses a wider palette of colours beyond the primary colours of red, yellow and blue to achieve visual effects. Chapters 8 and 9 are about cyclic progressions and Chapter 10 details how to change keys.

Each chapter starts with a theory section followed by a song examples section which shows how the core progressions are used in the context of many popular songs. You can follow up what you have learned by working through the composition exercises for each chapter. There is also a revision section for each chapter to enable the reader to review the learning material.

There are two indexes, one for the song examples and one for the composition exercises. By using the links between these indexes and the contents page you can navigate the document to find what interests you. This will help you to develop a personalised approach to the learning material.

There are four additional learning modules on blues progressions, song forms, the AABA format and its many variations, and 36 chord theory which shows how any chord will function in any key.

The Secret Life of Chords is completely different to any other book on the market and is an invaluable resource for musicians of all levels.
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Australian eBook Publisher
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Published on
Jun 25, 2014
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Pages
360
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ISBN
9781925029765
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Language
English
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Genres
Music / Instruction & Study / Songwriting
Music / Instruction & Study / Theory
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Listen to the uniqueness -> Learn the harmony techniques -> Make your song become unique too !!

★ Carefully Selected Songs, Understand The Uniqueness !!
Well-chosen 7 classic domestic and international pop music songs with unique chord progressions

★ Viewing From Pop Music Aspects, Easy To Learn And Use !!
Complete sum-ups of harmony techniques in pop music applications and convenient to look-up upon compositions and arrangements.

★ Demonstrate Operation Flows, Clear At A Glance !!
Step by step demonstrations from easy to complicated chord rearrangements, hands-on learning on harmony techniques.


This book uses classic pop songs domestically and internationally with more characteristics in chord progressions as references, and show you how the harmony techniques were well-used in these songs, and make them become unique.

Readers who love music performing, song arranging as well as composing are able to expand depths and longitudes in music on themselves through the understanding of chord progressions.

In the last chapter of this book also teaches you how these harmony techniques can be used in songs step by step, and make you can apply them in your songs or rearrangements easily.


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=== TABLE OF CONTENTS ===

Introduction

Chapter of Direct Trainings

〉 Example I "Beautiful"- Christina Aguilera
---- Form Progression
---- Chord Progression
---- Analysis
〉 Example II "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" - Connie Talbot
---- Form Progression
---- Chord Progression
---- Analysis
〉 Example III "She" - Charles Aznavour
---- Form Progression
---- Chord Progression
---- Analysis
〉 Example IV "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" - Michael Jackson
---- Form Progression
---- Chord Progression
---- Analysis
〉 Example V "Say Yes" - CHAGE & ASKA
---- Form Progression
---- Chord Progression
---- Analysis
〉 Example VI "Evergreen" - Barbara Streisand
---- Form Progression
---- Chord Progression
---- Analysis
〉 Example VII "Everything" - Misia
---- Form Progression
---- Chord Progression
---- Analysis

Chapter of Analysis & Integration

Section 1. Diatonic Triad
Section 2. Inversion Chord
Section 3. Mixed Chord
Section 4. Modal Interchange
Section 5. Sustained Note
Section 6. 2-5-1 Progression
Section 7. Diminished Seventh Chord
Section 8. Tritone Substitution
Section 9. Extended & Altered Dominant Chord
Section 10. Modulation Methods of Key Modulation
Section 11. Alteration of Chromatic Approach
---- 1. Within the Same Chord
---- 2. Different Chord Progression
Section 12. Harmony Disposition

Chapter of Applications and Hands-on


〉 Example I "Happy Time"
---- Original chord progression
---- Chord rearrangement
〉 Example II "Jingle Bell"
---- Original chord progression
---- Chord rearrangement

Epilogue

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