Saturday, 1 February 2014

Ticket 10: The Aeolian Cadence

End a phrase/section/song on the m6 chord (vi) instead of the major root chord (I).

For example if you're in the key of G it would be normal to finish on a G major chord, but finishing on an Em will give it an unexpected dark turn but usually with the added bonus of not needing to alter the melody in any way.

This approach can be used to 'end on a downer' or create an outro by concluding the final line on the minor, before repeating the line ending on the major (Octopus's Garden).

Do You Want To Know A Secret, From Me To You, Not A Second Time, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Octopus's Garden, The Long And Winding Road, There’s A Place, When I Get Home

 also Every Breath You Take (The Police)

See the full list of songwriting tips here - Tickets To Write

Thanks to Rod Downburst Johnson and Nancy Rost. See also The Beatles' use of deceptive cadences by Aaron Krerowicz 

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