What Is A NEGATIVE Dominant Chord?

Tommaso Zillio

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I've received several emails asking me about a few cryptic statements by Jacob Collier regarding negative dominant chords.

Jacob of course is a great communicator... but he assumes that all of us are as fluent as he is with Negative Harmony :)

So, today I'll explain what a Negative Dominant is.

If you are interested in some new ideas to write chord progressions... or in some music theory nerdery ... then you'll like this video.

As you probably know - but if you don't, no worries, I'll explain it in the video - chords in a key divide in 3 'functional groups'. These are:

  • Tonic chords
  • Subdominant chords
  • Dominant chords

Knowing this is important when you are writing chord progression to control its 'flow'.

Now if you apply Negative Harmony to these chords, you can find out what Negative tonics, Negative subdominant, and Negative dominant chords are.

By doing this, on one hand you can see how Negative Harmony transforms your chord progressions, and several interesting ideas for chords substitutions come from it.

On the other hand, you can also see the fundamental symmetry that underlies Negative Harmony - which is enlightening if you really want to understand Negative Harmony.

Watch the video here:

If you are interested in Negative Harmony, I have a whole playlist on that on my YT channel. Here is the whole thing. Enjoy!

If you are having fun with Negative Harmony, then just imagine how much more fun you can have by really learning how to play new, 'professional' chords on your guitar.

If you are interesting to move to the next level and finally learn how to play all kinds of chords and creative rhythms all over your guitar fretboard, then check out the Complete Chord Mastery guitar course, a complete video course that will lead you step-by-step into the mysteries of guitar harmony!


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