In this lecture, Professor Wright teaches students how to listen for bass patterns in order to understand harmonic progressions. He talks through numerous musical examples from both popular music and classical music, showing the way that composers from both realms draw on the same chord progressions. The musical examples are taken from Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Wagner, Gene Chandler, the Beach Boys, Badly Drawn Boy, the Dave Matthews Band, and Justin Timberlake. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Review of Chord Formation 06:44 - Chapter 2. Chord Progressions and Harmonic Change 18:21 - Chapter 3. Popular and Classical Music Chord Progressions 31:12 - Chapter 4. Three-Chord Progressions 37:46 - Chapter 5. Four-Chord Progressions
This course fosters the development of aural skills that lead to an understanding of Western music. The musical novice is introduced to the ways in which music is put together and is taught how to listen to a wide variety of musical styles, from Bach and Mozart, to Gregorian chant, to the blues.