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V of II Secondary Dominant Pattern

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We're going to talk about the V of II secondary dominant chord.

So this chord doesn't normally belong in the key. We're in the key of A major. A is the I chord. The II chord is B minor. But we can give that II chord a bit more weight by putting its own dominant chord in front of it. In the key of B minor, the dominant chord would be F#. So we'll play an F# major chord and resolve it to Bmin.

Let's try voice leading this chord progression through closed triads:

A, E, F#min, F#maj, Bm, E. You can also resolve it back to A of course. You can go to another inversion and repeat.

So, ultimately you want to take this exercise and practise it on every strings with every triad that you can.


The V of II is the secondary dominant resolving to the key of the II in a major key.

Example

In the key of A, the IImin chord is Bmin. The V of the key of B is F♯, so an F♯maj in the key of A is likely a V of II, as the key of A has an F♯min chord, but no F♯maj.

Example Chord Progression

Function I V VImin V/II ii V I
Chord A E F♯min F♯ maj Bmin E A
Chord Source A major A major A major B minor A major A major A major

The Chords

A major

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E major

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b natural
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g sharp, a flat
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F♯ minor

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a natural
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f sharp, g flat
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F♯ major

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a sharp, b flat
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f sharp, g flat
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B minor

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b natural
f sharp, g flat
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d natural
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E Major

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b natural
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g sharp, a flat
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A Major

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c sharp, d flat
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e natural
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Key Exercises

  • Learn, memorize, and apply the chord progression.
  • Starting from another inversion of an A major chord, voice lead your way through the same progression as above.

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