Learn how to play Pink + White by Frank Ocean on this week's URBN
February 13, 2019, 2:55 pm
Let me guess ! A9 = Second Dominant instead of using Em (relative minor): right ?
February 13, 2019, 3:49 pm
Almost! We’re in G major, it’s common practice to use the second degree (in this case A) as a dominant chord, having at least it’s major third and the dom7, 9, 11 or 13. So in a way, our ears are already used to the second degree chord being major (even tho it’s originally minor).
The thing is that the A has an added 9th to it, it’s not simply an A9 directly implying that it’s a dominant chord. I wrote A+9 because the major 7th was missing in this particular voicing. But for the entire song the actual chord played is Amajor9.
It’s not a passing chord, it doesn’t lead anywhere particularly but it works! it matches the singing and the voice leading don’t make the G# from the Amajor9 feel too foreign (Check out Part 2). so I’d say it’s more of a matter of adding color here 😉
September 13, 2020, 1:02 pm
Loving this lesson
September 14, 2020, 10:51 am
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