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Secondary Chords and Tonicisation – JAZZ PIANO TUTORIAL

by | Jun 19, 2018 | JAZZ, KEYBOARD, PIANO

Secondary Chords and Tonicisation – JAZZ PIANO TUTORIAL

In this jazz piano video tutorial made by Walk That Bass, you are going to learn more about secondary chords and tonicisation.

Tonicisation is process of temporarily making a non-tonic chord sound like the tonic, just for a moment. It’s like changing key for a very short period of time. The only difference between modulation and tonicisation is the time period. Tonicisation is short (a couple bars at most) while modulation is long (no less than 2 bars or a phrase).

There are two ways to ‘tonicise’ a chord, that is by inserting either a: a) Secondary Dominant; or b) Secondary Leading-tone Chord before the chord you are trying to ‘tonicise’.

Both these chord act like a ‘secondary dominant function’ which makes it sound like your temporarily changed key. This is done to give a chord progression more harmonic complexity and provide a stronger pull to the resolving chord (through a semitone movement of the leading note to the tonic).

(Credit : Walk That Bass)

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