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Chromatic Harmonies
Dominant Seventh Chord
Harmonic Progression
How to Teach Macro Analysis
Leading Tone Seventh Chords
More to think about
Nondominant Seventh Chords
Secondary Dominants

Introduction to the Macro Technique

This is an elective analysis system that employs letter names and roman numerals. The system is called "macro analysis." At first it may seem as if an extra layer has been added to an already sufficient line of roman numerals. However, as pieces become longer and more complicated, macro analysis will be a very useful tool to help determine not only the roman numerals, but other aspects of analysis.

The system includes two lines of analysis symbols. The top line of the analysis includes letter names that represent the name and quality of the chord. The bottom line of the analysis contains traditional roman numerals and inversions which show the position of each chord in relation to the tonic. The top "letter" line of the analysis is created as follows:

  1. Major triads are represented by uppercase letter names.
  2. Minor triads are represented by lowercase letter names.
  3. Diminished triads are represented by a lowercase letter name followed by a "°" symbol.
  4. Augmented triads are represented by an uppercase letter name followed by a "+" sign.

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