Friday, 8 August 2014

Ticket 44: Use the Minor 5 (v) Chord

Just like Ticket 8 we're swopping a minor chord for a major one, but this time on the fifth degree of the scale. Less common and more unexpected.

In the key of E we'd use a Bm instead of a B maj.

In A it's Em replacing E maj
In D - Am replacing A maj
In G - Dm replacing D maj

The tonic to minor dominant progression (I - v) puts us into the Mixolydian mode (if we have no other chords that clash).

I'll Get You


Let's Build An Airport – verse (Matt Blick)
The Morning After That Day You Saved The World – chorus (Matt Blick)
Why Does It Always Rain On Me – last chorus (Travis)

See also

Ticket 1: The Flat 6 Chord
Ticket 7: Avoid Using All Three Major Chords Early In The Song
Ticket 8: The Minor 4
Ticket 14: Write An In-Key Melody Over Out-Of-Key Chords
Ticket 28: Use At Least One Out Of Key Chord
Ticket 40: Don't Use All Seven Notes Of The Scale
Ticket 51: Use The Mixolydian Mode

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