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How to Avoid a Cadence When Using the Dominant Chord

harmony tips Jun 15, 2023

We can avoid a cadence when using the dominant chord by using inversions in your harmony. This is when we use another chord tone other than the root in the bass as the lowest note. Since cadences use root position chords, this is a perfect way to avoid one.  

Here's what you learn today: 

  • Easy to understand way to avoid cadences 
  • How this applies to more advanced functions like secondary dominants 
  • How to treat the 7th of the dominant 7th chord in your voice leading  

Once you master inversions, a whole new world of beautiful harmony opens up to you and helps you understand some of the most stunning chord sequences throughout history. Also it sounds rad.  

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