Dominant and Diminished 7ths

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English [Auto] End this section we will be learning about several types of advanced chords to write music. The first is going to be dominant and diminished seventh chords. So it's important to understand in writing music that there are different types of leading chords. These are the chords we use at the end of our phrases to lead back to our one chord or six chord so that we can continue writing more music or finish our music. So there are two different types of leading chords. The first is the dominant seventh also known as the five seven. And that's indicated with a capital V with a little seven superscript. So in the key of C that is a G seven chord which are the notes G B D F. The second type of leading chord is the diminished seventh. So this is a B diminished seventh chord which is comprised of B D F G sharp or a flat however you want to call it. Now the dominant seventh chord is much brighter than the diminished seventh chord. It's much more final. And it has multiple possibilities. So in a major key. So in the key of C Major if we use the 5:07 chord it will then lead to one chord or a minor six chord chord. A deceptive cadence. Now if we are in a minor key let's say C minor and we use the 5 7 chord it will either lead back to 1 or 2 a flat major 6 which is already flat. In this case in a flat chord the diminished seventh chord is significantly darker than its dominant seventh counterpart. It's less final which is actually a benefit when you are not trying to end the piece of music but rather you're trying to continue. So if you were in a major key C major. And we play a diminished seventh. It has to go back to one in a minor key C minor. If we use the diminished 7 again it has to go back to one. So to recap we have learned about the two different types of leading chords. The dominant seventh and the diminished seventh.