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Dominant Chords are chords of tension, with resolution tendencies to tonic chords.
In contemporary harmony, dominant is one of three functional harmony categories.
Dominant chords use the seventh scale-degree (ti), known as the leading tone, in their construction. Dominant chords also usually contain, and must support, the sub-dominant note (fa), scale-degree four. Scale-degree one (do), the tonic note, cannot be a chord-tone or tension (melody note). The tendency to resolve to this note is created by its lack.
|Primary Diatonic Dominant|
|Substitute Dominant Chords
[ tritone substitution / SUB V ]
|Ascending Approach Diminished|
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