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The term Diatonic implies the use of an exclusive collection of notes, a scale, to create melody or harmony. Diatonic harmony is chord progression written with chords from one harmonized scale. Most typically this scale is the Diatonic scale, or major scale [Ionian mode].
|Diatonic: The use of only seven tones of a standard scale without chromatic alterations; contained within a scale, usually the major scale.|
Traditional diatonic harmony uses the chords from the diatonic major scale, excluding the VIIm7b5 chord. Some of the ways in which these chords are organized include Functional Harmony and Cadence.
|Available Diatonic Chords|
|| Imaj7 | IIm7 | IIIm7 | IVmaj7 | V7 | VIm7 ||
|| Cmaj7 | Dm7 | Em7 | Fmaj7 | G7 | Am7 ||
Imaj7 VIm7 [IIIm7]
Cmaj7 Am7 [Em7]
|Plagel (Amen) [sub-dominant]||Authentic [dominant]|
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