Shop – UNDERTALE

About game/music

This is “Shop” from the RPG “Undertale” by Toby Fox.
This is composed by him as well.

The melody used in this song can be heard in various scenes throughout the game.
I think this strengthens the overall sense of unity in the game. (It seems Leitmotif)

Analyzing

Overall:

  • The chord progression is a simple diatonic chord.

bar 9~16:

  • IV-V-iii-vi, or variants (other TABs include this)
    • Very popular chord progression in Japan, called “王道進行”. It means “popular” or “typical”.
    • examples;
      • Re-Tail – Animal Crossing: New Leaf
      • Continent (Sakura)Crystarise
      • Dogcheck – DELTARUNE Chapter 1
      • Melodies Of Life~Final FantasyFINAL FANTASY IX
      • Phoenix HighwayFreedom Planet 2
      • Rainbow Resort – Kirby’s Adventure
      • Ripple Field 1 – Kirby’s Dream Land 3
      • Grass Land – Kirby’s Epic Yarn
      • Apt.102 – Kirby’s Epic Yarn
      • Abandoned Beach – Kirby and the Forgotten Land
      • A Home For Flowers (Empty)OMORI
      • Full Moon Full LifePersona 3 Reload
      • Raise the HoofPocket Card Jockey
      • Jazz Racing JamPocket Card Jockey
      • Road to TriumphPocket Card Jockey
      • Slateport CityPokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Route 104Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Rustboro CityPokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Hearthome CityPokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • Route 203Pokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • National Park – Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Cianwood City – Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Route 26 – Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Accumula Town – Pokémon Black/White
      • Route 2 – Pokémon Black/White
      • Lacunosa Town – Pokémon Black/White
      • Floccesy Town – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • Castelia City – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • Battle! (Island Kahuna) – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Route 10 on Ula’ula Island – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Wedgehurst – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Battle! (Hop) – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Wyndon – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Cobalt Coastlands – Pokémon Legends: Arceus
      • The Veil of NightProfessor Layton And The Curious Village
      • Purity of your smile – Ragnarok Online
      • Seaside HillSonic Heroes
      • Dear My FriendSonic Unleashed
      • End Of The SummerSonic Runners
      • Guest Book – Tomodachi Life
      • ShopUNDERTALE
      • Oh! One True LoveUNDERTALE
    • examples in minor key (in this case, bVI-bVII-v-i);
      • Blooming VillainPersona 5
      • Battle! (Rival) – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • The Battle at the Summit! – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Battle! (Ultra Necrozma) – Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon
      • Battle! (Bede) – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Battle! (Battle Tower) – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Battle! (Arven) – Pokémon Scarlet/Violet
      • Battle! (Zero Lab) – Pokémon Scarlet/Violet
      • Magical Snow DaySonic Runners
      • Desire Drive – 東方神霊廟 ~ Ten Desires.
      • Illusionary White Traveler – 東方天空璋 ~ Hidden Star in Four Seasons.
      • The Great Fantastic Underground Railway Network – 東方虹龍洞 ~ Unconnected Marketeers.

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5 thoughts on “Shop – UNDERTALE

  1. coobs says:

    Thanks for the post.
    It was very interesting learning about 王道進行. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
    Do you study music theory?

    1. classicmeal says:

      Yes, I studied(studying) music theory through books and websites.
      (It’s in Japanese, so I can’t introduce it.)

      I learned about “王道進行” from the video below.
      If you are interested in it, it might be interesting to watch it.

      https://youtu.be/SdDeufxfJeE?t=277

      1. coobs says:

        返事ありがとうございます。
        まだ日本語の勉強中ですけど、本とサイトの名前を教えてくれたら嬉しいです。

        1. classicmeal says:

          おや、失礼しました。
          こちらです!

          1. 【ウェブサイト】
          SoundQuest (https://soundquest.jp)
          感覚的な表現を含めて解説してくれるので読みやすいと思います。
          ユーザ登録・ログインが必要ですが、2021/10/14現在は無料公開中。

          2. 【本】
          『コード理論大全』 (https://www.amazon.co.jp/コード理論大全-清水-響/dp/4845632365)
          長調/短調、セカンダリードミナントからモーダルインターチェンジまで解説されています。
          基礎的な知識はすべて載っているのではと思います。

          3. 【Youtubeチャンネル】
          いきいき音楽科 (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZcAuDzzPn8Z5p-Ou9VB4Rw)
          プレイリスト「音楽理論の解説系まとめ」を見てみると良いと思います

          私の場合、まず1を見て、2,3を並行で見ているという感じです。
          参考になれば幸いです!

          1. coobs says:

            すごく丁寧にありがとうございます!m(__)m
            僕いつも音楽理論を学ぶか学ばないかと迷ってますが、これで日本語も理論も同時に勉強する事ができるから、英語で学ぶより楽しいと思ってます。
            大変助かります!

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