StudyBass Lessons by Category: Harmony

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About Musical Harmony

Keys in Music

The Circle of Fifths Diagram

Major Keys on the Circle of Fifths

The Order of Sharps and Flats

Intro to Diatonic Harmony

Intro to Diatonic Chords

The I, IV, and V Chords

What Are Major Scale Diatonic Chords?

What Are Major Scale Diatonic Chords?

Major Diatonic Chords I, ii, iii, and IV

Major Diatonic Chords V, vi, and vii

Applying Major Diatonic Chords in Basslines

The I-V-vi-IV Chord Progression

The I-V-vi-IV Chord Progression

Diatonic Chords in Fourths

Diatonic Chords in Fourths

The I-vi-ii-V Chord Progression

The I-vi-IV-V Chord Progression

Diatonic Chord Position with an A-String Root

Diatonic Chord Position with an A-String Root

Analyzing Diatonic Chord Progressions

Intro to the Note Choice Pyramid

Rhythmic Weight

Rhythmic Weight

Chord Tones in Basslines

The Fifth Approach

Scale Tones in Basslines

Chromatic Tones in Basslines

Note Choice Heat Maps

Heat Map: James Jamerson

Heat Map: Paul McCartney

Basslines vs. Melodies

Intro to Minor Scale Diatonic Chords

What Determines If a Song Is in a Major Key or Minor Key?

Minor Scale Diatonic Chord Qualities

Minor Diatonic Chord Shapes Part 1

Minor Diatonic Chord Shapes Part 2

V Chords in Minor Keys

The Harmonic Minor Scale

The Melodic Minor Scale

A-String Minor Diatonic Chord Shapes Part 1

A-String Minor Diatonic Chord Shapes Part 2

Minor Progression: i - iv

Minor Progression: i - V - i

Minor Progression: ii - V - i

Minor Progression: The Andalusian Cadence

Extending the Diatonic Chord System

Secondary Dominant Chords

Relative Major / Minor Key Change

Parallel Major and Minor Scales

Borrowed Chords