Anthology of Chromatic Harmony

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This page serves as an open-source anthology of musical examples containing diatonic and chromatic harmonies. Contributions for all types of music are welcome. At a minimum, each contribution must specify the precise location of occurrence. Further, every effort should be made to find a reliable source for each contribution. You may place a "vote of no confidence" in a contribution by reformatting the entry using italics. Italics indicate that an entry may be unreliable. Votes of no confidence will be periodically reviewed, and if deemed to be erroneous, will be moved to the discussion tab of this page before being deleted.


Secondary dominantsEdit

V/2
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
"Don't Stop Me Now" Queen Verse "in ecstacy" F: gm D7 gm [1]
"My way" Frank Sinatra Verse "The final curtain" D Dmaj7 D7 B7 em7 [2]
"Tears in Heaven" Eric Clapton Chorus "Carry on" A: F# Bm E7 A
V/3
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
"Bastard" Ben Folds Verse "ties and suit" em: D G D G D G
V/4
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
"Baby it's cold outside" Frank Loesser Verse "I'll hold your hands" C: gm7 C7 F
"Desperado" The Eagles Verse "Why don't you..." G: G G7 C [3]
"Don't Stop Me Now" Queen Verse "turning inside out" F: F F7 Bb [4]
"Don't Think Twice It's Alright" Bob Dylan Verse "At the break of dawn" E: E E7 A [5]
"Hey Jude" The Beatles End of Verse "Make it better..." F: F F7 Bb [6]
"Lady Godiva" Peter and Gordon Verse "Hangin down around" G: G G7 A7 D7
"Lucille" "Little Richard" Bridge "I asked her friends" C: C C7
"My way" Frank Sinatra Verse "So I face" D Dmaj7 D7 B7 em7 [7]
"The Ballad of John and Yoko" The Beatles Verse "The man in the Mac" E: E E7 A [8]
"You Never Give Me Your Money" The Beatles Verse "Pay No Rent..." C-E-a-C7-F-G-C [9]
V/5
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
"Lady Godiva" Peter and Gordon Verse "Knees" G: G G7 A7 D7
"Saturday in the Park" Chicago Intro & Verse "In the Park" am7 D9 G11 C [10]
"That's Life" Frank Sinatra Verse "When I'm back on top" G: em A7 D G
V/6
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
"Creep" Radiohead Verse "Couldn't look you in the eye..." G-B7-C-Cm [11]
"Desperado" The Eagles Verse "Things that are pleasin'" G: G B7 Em7
"Honest Songs" Noah Gundersen Chorus "And the sound it makes" G: B7 em C G
"That's Life" Frank Sinatra Verse "All the people say" G: G B7 em
V/b7
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Secondary leading tone chordsEdit

vii°/2
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
vii°/3
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vii°/4
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
vii°/5
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
vii°/6
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
"Lucky Jason Mraz End of verse "When life gets hard..." dm7 G G#° am
vii°/b7
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation

Borrowed chordsEdit

I (Picardy third)
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
"And I Love Her" The Beatles Final Chord gm-F-gm-D [12]
i (borrowed minor tonic)
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
ii°
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
bIII
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
iv
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
"My way" Frank Sinatra Verse "Each and every highway" D D7 G Gm [13]
iv7
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
v
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
"Tears in Heaven" Eric Clapton Chorus "And carry on" A: Em F#
bVI
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
vi°
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
bVII
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ModulationsEdit

Common Chord
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
Common Tone
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
Chromatic
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
Chromatic 3rd
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
"Tears in Heaven" Eric Clapton After 2nd Chorus "Time can bring you down" A: C G/B
Direct
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Sequential
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
Pump up modulation ("Truck driver's gear change")
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Neapolitan chordsEdit

Neapolitan 6th
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation

Augmented sixth chordsEdit

German +6
Song Performer/Composer Approximate Location Lyric Marker Chordal Context Citation
Oh! Darling" The Beatles Bridge "Fell down and..." A: E7 F7 E7 [14]
French +6
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Italian +6
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  1. http://www.queensongs.info/the-book/songwriting-analyses/no-synth-era/jazz/dont-stop-me-now.html
  2. http://www.hooktheory.com/theorytab/view/frank-sinatra/my-way
  3. https://www.hooktheory.com/theorytab/common-chord-progressions/33
  4. http://www.queensongs.info/the-book/songwriting-analyses/no-synth-era/jazz/dont-stop-me-now.html
  5. http://www.ethanhein.com/wp/2011/secondary-dominants/
  6. http://www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/DATABASES/AWP/hj.shtml
  7. http://www.hooktheory.com/theorytab/view/frank-sinatra/my-way
  8. http://www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/DATABASES/AWP/tbojay.shtml
  9. http://www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/DATABASES/AWP/yngmym.shtml
  10. http://www.angelfire.com/fl4/moneychords/circleprogressions.html
  11. http://forum.emusictheory.com/read.php?5,2444,2445
  12. http://www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/DATABASES/AWP/ailh.shtml
  13. http://www.hooktheory.com/theorytab/view/frank-sinatra/my-way
  14. http://www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/DATABASES/AWP/od.shtml