Slick Dominant Passing Chords
In this 5 Minute Masterclass we will cover how to play dominant passing chords. Before watching this lesson, you should already understand the concept of tritone substitution – check out the related lessons below for more information.
So How Can We Illustrate A Passing Chord?
In the key of C major, a 251 progression would be D-7, G7 and Cmaj7. If we substitute the G7 for its tritone substitute, we get D-7, Db7 and C. And if we play both dominant chords one after another we can view Db7 as a passing chord into Cmaj7
To take this a step further, we could add a dominant passing chord before the 5 chord, in this 251 progression. The V chord is G7 and a half step above G is Ab so we want some kind of Ab7 chord.
A Strong Pull To Resolve Down A Half Step
It’s important to recognize that this type of passing chord is always a dominant chord built a half step above the target chord. Dominant chords have a strong pull to resolve a half step down which is why this concept works so nicely.
Apply To "The Shadow Of Your Smile"
In this lesson, we will apply the theory to the first 8 bars of “The Shadow Of Your Smile” and add we will explore an exact process that you can use to find great passing chord opportunities.