Dominant Seventh Chords?

Not all seventh chords are actually "dominant" seventh chords.

Published: Jan 2, 2005 Updated: Feb 3, 2017

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When is a Dominant Seventh Chord NOT a Dominant Seventh?

Dominant - In music, the dominant refers to the fifth degree of a scale. For example, in the C major scale (C D E F G A B C') a fifth of the scale or dominant is G. The chord that is built on this scale degree is a G major or G7. In music theory, dominant chords are symbolized with an uppercase Roman numeral V.

Players will often refer to all seventh chords as dominant or dominant seventh chords. In the key of C major when referring to the G or G7, this is correct. But - Dominant, in this context does refer to the chord's harmonic function within its scale and harmony. So, unless you can determine the seventh chord is functioning as a V or dominant chord in the tonality. The chord is just a seventh chord and does not need the additional dominant designation.

To determine the function of a chord, you need to do a harmonic analysis and is beyond the scope of this article.

Here are the traditional names of the scale degrees of a diatonic major scale:

  • First note: Tonic
  • Second note: Supertonic
  • Third note: Mediant
  • Fourth note: Subdominant
  • Fifth note: Dominant
  • Sixth note: Submediant
  • Seventh note: Leading/Subtonic

We don't call other chords Tonic Seventh, Supertonic Seventh, Secondary Dominant. Dominant is the harmonic function of a chord - NOT part of its name.


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