Primary Triads, like Primary colours, are the cornerstones of western music up to and beyond the 20th century. But harmony in music (and Art) is about shade and dynamic too, colours that are ‘more or less’ major, minor, dominant, tonic, subdominant, and this shading is provided by ‘secondary’ or ‘substitute’ chords. Chords that function in place of primary chords to shade the tone and give meaning to the music.
How do they work? When and why are they be used? What is their musical effect? Find out how you can teach your students to identify and express these chords at the piano to bring out the hidden enigmatic qualities of the score or as part of their improvisation technique creating music that surprises, is thoughtful, and varied.
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