Join Tricia Woods for an in-depth discussion in this video Dominant chords, part of Beginning Blues Keyboard.
- Dominant chords are really what give the blues…its special unresolved sound.…Let's review how we build a dominant chord.…We start with the root, the third and the fifth,…just like for a major triad,…then we add a fourth note on top, the flat seven.…The most important notes in the chord…are the third and the flat seventh.…The interval between those two notes is called the tritone…and it sounds quite unresolved.…Here's a G7 chord,…G, B, D, F.…
(plays a chord)…The tritone interval is between the B and the F.…It wants to resolve inward to C and E, a major triad.…Usually dominant chords in western harmony…are allowed to resolve inward in songs you hear.…But in the 12-bar blues we play only dominant chords…for 12 bars, the tritone never gets to resolve,…so we feel a continual sense of forward motion.…
Note: This course was created and produced by Alfred Music. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Labeling the chord and triads
- Triad inversions
- The blues scale and the major pentatonic scale
- Playing off the dominant chord and dominant bass line
- Dominant chord inversions
- Playing off the triad
- Blues fills
- Endings and introductions
- Boogie-woogie bass lines
- Cycle of 5ths and the 6th chord
Skill Level Beginner
1. Blues Harmony
2. Blues Melodies
3. Dominant Chords
5. Turnarounds, Endings, and Introductions
Boogie-woogie bass lines4m 12s
7. Advanced Harmony: Slow Blues
Next steps1m 40s
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