Chromatic Harmony

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This lesson is part of the Harmony category.


  • Students will be familiar with common chromatic harmonic vocabulary, including the Neapolitan chord, borrowed chords and augmented sixth chords.
  • Students will be able to substitute chromatic chords into a diatonic chord progression.
  • Students will be familiar with enharmonic modulation and tritone substitution.



Class Activities[edit]

  • Discussion and definition of chromatic harmonic vocabulary
  • Harmonic analysis of music from different genres and time periods
  • Substitution or insertion of chromatic chords into a given diatonic chord progression
  • Composition and improvisation of chord progressions which use altered or enharmonic modulation to modulate between two given keys


  • Notation of various chromatic chords in a given key
  • Identification and analysis of chromatic harmony in written and recorded music
  • Substitution of chromatic chords into a diatonic chord progression
  • Composition of a chord progression which uses chromatic harmony