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Chord Progressions - Harmonic Rhythm

Robert Mussatti 91 lessons

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"...and now back to 'Chord Progressions' where we last left them..."

Putting chords together isn't really enough. You also need some good harmonic rhythm, which is how long a chord will last within your progression Here's an example of poor harmonic rhythm:

Because this is such an unusual rhythmic pattern, we can rearrange the pattern to give us something like this, which works a lot better:

Most short progressions will be 4, 8, 12 or 16 bars long. Here is an 8 bar progression which uses good harmonic rhythm, bass movement and basic substitution:

In part 5, we will be going over Secondary Dominants.

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