#1
I loved this song since I started to play guitar. I'm now really focused in Music Theory so I decided to go for the harmony analysis. It was really interesting as some of the voicings are really unusual but at the end they are common chords, really interesting.

The song is in Am (harmonic?)

Harmonizing Am: Am Bdim C Dm Em F G
Harmonizing in a stack of 4 Am: Am7 Bm7b5 Cma7 Dm7 Em7 Fma7 G7

Harmonizing Harmonic Am: Am Bdim C Dm E F Gdim
Harmonizing in stack of 4 Harmonic Am: Am7(ma7) Bm7b5 Caug7 Dm7 E7 Fma7 G#dim7

I'm not going to go bar by bar but will describe the arpegiated chords used:

1 Section:

Loop over 3 chords section:

Chord: 0 3 5 7 - -
Name: Am(11)
Function: Extended i

Chord: 0 3 4 3 - -
Name: Bdim(11)
Function: IIdim

Chord: 0 6 7 6 - -
Name: Ddim(9)
Function: ?

Loop over 2 chords:

Chord: 8 6 9 8 - -
Name: Fma7
Function: bVI

Chord: 5 5 5 7 - -
Name: Am
Function: i

First Section finale:

Chord: 0 1 2 3 - -
Name: Fma7
Function: bVIma7

Chord: 0 3 1 3 - -
Name: Ddim(9)
Function:

Chord: 0 1 2 2 - -
Name: Am
Function: i

Chord: 0 3 4 2 - -
Name: E7
Function: V7 (taken from Harmonic minor)

2nd Section:

Same loop over 2 chords from first section

Loop over 2 chords

Chord: 7 6 9 0 - -
Name: Fma7(6)
Function: bVIma7(6)

Chord: 7 10 9 - - 8
Name: Cma7
Function: bIIIma7

Chord: 0 3 2 - 2 -
Name: Bm7
Function: iim7 taken from A Major scale????????

Chord: 0 3 1 - - 0
Name: E7
Function: V7 (taken from harmonic minor scale)

Chord: 1 3 2 - 0 -
Name: Dm
Function: iv

Chord: 0 1 2 - 0 -
Name: Am
Function: i

2nd section finale:

Chords:
7 6 7 6 - -
4 3 4 3 - -
1 0 1 0 - -
- 3 1 3 2 -
- 3 4 3 - 4
- 0 1 0 - 1
Name: Ddim7
Function:

Notes:

- The Ddim7 chords sequence at the end is just amazing how it sounds and how simple actually is.
- The same as chord voicings, some of them they look really really uncommon but at the they are just simple chords.

Questions:

- I have no idea how Ddim7 play into the harmony, is it a kind of chord substitution?
- Bm7 is that chord stolen from the Major chord, sound soooo cool.

- Would you say the song is in Am or Harmonic Minor

Thanks !

Juan
Last edited by juanbrein at Aug 5, 2011,
#3
First section

Am (i)
Bdim/F (iioc)
E7b9/G# (V7b)
Am (i)

Fmaj7/A (VI7b)
Am (i)

Fmaj7 (VI7)
viid7/F (viid7d
Am/E (ic)
E7 (V7)

Dm7 (iv7)
Am/C (ic)
Bm7 (ii7)
E7 (V7)
Fmaj7/A (V7b)
Am (i)

Have to go out, I'll post in more detail later. Notes not included n the chord name are either pedals, passing tones, auxiliary notes etc

Quote by Flibo
Ddim7 belongs to A harmonic minor.


No it doesn't, G#dim7 does.
Last edited by griffRG7321 at Aug 5, 2011,
#4
Quote by griffRG7321
No it doesn't, G#dim7 does.

My bad. At least they're enharmonic
E:-6
B:-0
G:-5
D:-6
A:-0
E:-3
#5
My take:

1 Section
Loop over 3 chords section:

Chord: 0 3 5 7 - -
Name: Am add11
Function: i

Chord: 0 3 4 3 - -
Name: Bdim add11
Function: IIdim

Chord: 0 6 7 6 - -
Name: E7b9
Function: V7

Loop over 2 chords:

Chord: 8 6 9 7 - -
Name: Fma7
Function: VI

Chord: 5 5 5 7 - -
Name: Am
Function: i

First Section finale:

Chord: 0 1 2 3 - -
Name: Fma7
Function: VI

Chord: 0 3 1 3 - -
Name: E7/F or G#dim13
Function: V7 or vii dim

Chord: 0 1 2 2 - -
Name: Am
Function: i

Chord: 0 3 4 2 - -
Name: E7
Function: V7

2nd Section:
Same loop over 2 chords from first section

Loop over 2 chords

Chord: 8 6 9 0 - -
Name: Dm9
Function: iv

Chord: 7 10 9 - - 8
Name: Aadd9
Function: i

Chord: 0 3 2 - 2 -
Name: E7sus4
Function: V7

Chord: 0 3 1 - - 0
Name: E7
Function: V7

Chord: 1 3 2 - 0 -
Name: Dm
Function: iv

Chord: 0 1 2 - 0 -
Name: Am
Function: i

2nd section finale:

Chords:
7 6 7 6 - -
4 3 4 3 - -
1 0 1 0 - -
- 3 1 3 2 -
- 3 4 3 - 4
- 0 1 0 - 1
Name: G#dim
Function: vii dim

I believe that the Ddim chords are actually G#dim which fit into the harm minor. Also, that Bmin chord fits better as an E7sus4 since it is followed by an E7 (at least imo). As for the tonality, i don't really know but i imagine Satch wrote is as an Am piece with some elements from the harmonic minor
#6
Guys, I'm VERY VERY grateful with your answers! That absolutely clarified my questions!

Thanks!

Juan