Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Plagal, half, and deceptive cadences, part of Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals.
- The Plagal Cadence is often referred to as the…Amen Cadence, as it's how many traditional hymns end.…It's the progression from the four chord to the one chord…or in C major, it's an F major to C major.…(piano music)…It has a warmer, yet less final feeling than the…authentic cadence.…This is for two reason, the first is the absence of a…leading tone resolution.…The second is that the tonic is in both chords.…
When I play the F chord into the C chord,…the notes that move are the A to G…and the F to E.…the C stays the same.…Without a B in either chord there is…no leading tone resolution.…(piano music)…Here's one way to play a plagal cadence on the guitar.…(guitar music)…These two elements make the progression less tense…and therefore less in need of release than the five one,…we never leave home.…
Using the plagal cadence at the end of a phrase or song…can give is a gospel and church like feel.…We also hear it used all the time in pop music.…In fact, it's built into the one five six four…chord progression we've seen before.…
Professional musician Julian Velard starts the course with the building blocks of harmony: notes, scales, intervals, chords, inversions, and basic chord progressions. He then goes into voice leading—showing how to move from one chord to another by changing just one or two notes—and reviews common song forms, from the familiar verse/chorus/verse of pop to the simple verse of the blues. At the end of each chapter, Julian explains the songwriting techniques shown in the chapter within the context of his own original commercially released songs.
- Understanding scales, intervals, and keys
- Triads or three-note chords
- Triad inversions
- Common major-scale chord progressions and cadences
- Voice leading
- Song form elements such as verse, chorus, bridge, hook, and more
- Using common song forms in songwriting
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Building Blocks of Harmony
2. Triads and Chord Progressions
3. Chord Progressions and Voice Leading
4. Song Forms
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