Bass Lesson Block
Music is not always purely diatonic. This block introduces you to common chords often mixed in among diatonic chords
When analyzing music you'll find songs are often not purely diatonic. Where do these other chords come from?
Secondary, or applied, dominants are a special use of a dominant 7th chord leading to chords other than the tonic.
Changing between related major and minor keys is a very common key change.
Another common scale and key relationship to know are parallel major and minor scales. These are keys which run side-by-side.
Not all chord progressions are strictly diatonic. A common source of chords from outside of the key are chords borrowed from the parallel key.
One of the most common borrowed chords is the minor iv chord. It often functions as a connecting chord between the IV and I chords in a major key.
The flat III chord is another common borrowed chord from the parallel minor key.
The flat VI chord is another common borrowed chord from the parallel minor key.
The flat VII chord is another popular borrowed chord from the parallel minor key.
This is a very common cadence in popular music which borrows two chords--the flat VI and flat VII--from the parallel minor scale.
Some chord progressions make extensive use of chords borrowed from the parallel minor scale.