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The Circle #9:
Don’t Worry…No Tension!

Posted on: December 11th, 2011 by dville

You want tension?  Look no further than the V7 chord (G7 in the key of C).  The tension within that V7 chord forces the music to resolve a 5th back to the home chord (V7-I).

I-V7A

If, on the other hand, you want to write a light, breezy, sunshiny, sort of tune with no tension whatsoever, it’s a good idea to steer clear of the V7 chord.  That’s the idea behind one of the happiest songs ever written, Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

 

It’s a simple three-chord progression, I-ii-IV (Key of C: C-D minor-F).  The IV chord is referred to as the Sub-Dominant in the theory world, but I like to think of it as the Sunshine Chord.  Play along with the example below (B-C#minor-E) and Be Happy!

I-ii-IV

 

 

 

 

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