「p. 2 : I vii° III vi v I7」 introduction to common east asian (korean / japanese) chord progressions

Uploaded on Sep 11, 2019

decided to bring this from my noteflight acc. per request, and because i'm much more comfortable w musescore syntax now :) hope you can find this to be informative



part 2, with extended excerpt of Inuyasha's "Grip!" / "Every Little Thing" to tie everything together

The east asian chord prog can be split into two distinct parts: the first half and the latter half (starting from IV). The latter half showcases how e.a. music embellishes a simple cascade down the scale with what's known as the circle progression.

The first half showcases how e.a. music can seamlessly transition from its major to relative minor, and back.

Here I'll talk about the first half of the progression. Hope you find it useful :)

from final thoughts:

When I had started out composing, the only thing I could find on chords were western style progressions. To be honest, western music never did much for me so it was kind of disappointing seeing only western progressions over and over again.

The only thing that would maybe pop up when I looked up Japanese or Korean chord progs. or "what makes Japanese and Korean music sound the way they do" were stuff like "I III iv is a favorite" (the most helpful thing I found, but by that time I had already known it) or "extended harmonies", "major pentatonic scale", "legato vs. staccato melodies"—just very vague terms that seemed to be just lukewarmly accepted through replies of other users. Sure, they may be attributes found in e.a. music, but it didn't convey a lot of dynamics/ relationships between the chords. Even Korean sites offered western progressions!
That's why I wanted to offer what I heard throughout my years composing.

I was honestly really hesitant to release something like this (still am) because I'm self taught, so most of the analysis I presented here really come from how I personally understood the relationship, so I really don't know how much of what I've presented here is elementary music theory or is interpreted abnormally, haha.

Nonetheless, I hope you look kindly on this, and I sincerely hope this could help out a beginner (or advanced!) musician out there who's interested in learning e.a. music.

Thanks for listening. :)


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Pages 26
Duration 02:17
Measures 69
Key signature 2 flats
Parts 4
Part names Piano, Bass(2), Percussion
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