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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / For those interested in chord progressions (Theory content)

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Toronto, Canada

Dec 2nd, 2018 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Stumbled across a nice little lesson on secondary dominants and thought I'd share. I picked up a new understanding on where certain chord progressions come from and what makes the tick. Nice stuff, easy to use and well presented.

Secondary Domininants

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Dec 2nd, 2018 01:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

So that's how its done :)

That is a good get.

Thanks for posting it.

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Middle Tennessee

Too Much GAS
Feb 19th, 2019 02:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's very cool.

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Just beyond Mars

there's a world of fools
Feb 19th, 2019 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is a VERY clear description of the process. If only my music instructors had presented it this clearly.

Thanks langford--great find!

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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Feb 19th, 2019 03:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

That was great...can’t believe I understand it.
Thank you!

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Pueblo, Co

I qualify!
Feb 19th, 2019 04:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh boy am I finally understanding something?? This is in a nutshell one of the most sensical (hope thats a word) tutorials ever.

Just happens to be 7 frets away....

Thank you, langford.

Doc Sarvis
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USA/Salt Lake City

Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Feb 19th, 2019 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Eye opening for sure.

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U.S. - Virginia

Feb 19th, 2019 08:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Secondary dominants are all that.

The 5 of 5 is a common one which is also another way of saying a dominant 2 chord rather than the minor/dorian 2 chord in the key's diatonic scale.

It wants to resolve down a 5th(or up a 4th) because the flat 7 of the 5 dominant is the 4th interval of the root, and the 3rd is the leading tone of the root/tonic chord. So those two notes combined really pull strongly to go down/up a half step back "home".

Another one that happens fairly often, or at least in older pop, country etc, is the 5 of 4. Just take that 1 chord, make it dominant 7 instead of a major chord and it gives you a little more interest going to the 4 chord.

In fact, you can use that as an exercise to go through the entire cycle of 4ths. C Maj, C7, F Maj,

F7, Bb Maj, Bb7, Eb Maj, Eb7, Ab Maj, Ab7, Db Maj, Db7, Gb or F# Maj, Gb or F#7, B Maj, B7, E Maj, E7, A Maj, A7, D Maj, D7, G Maj, G7, back to C Maj.

You can really hear it at work there.

Then take a song, go to a diatonic chord in the key other than the 5, and make it dominant. See where it takes you.

Here is another video on such things. The first video is great. Very nice explanation.

Borrowed Chords

(This message was last edited by Achase4u at 01:01 AM, Feb 20th, 2019)

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