Chord Progression of the Month #5
Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits
Great use of a chord called a Secondary Dominant
The most important topic here is not the solo,
which is in D Natural Minor (F Major )
but the licks over the A chord in this sequence :-
||: Dm / / / | C / Bb / | A / / / |A / / / : ||
Secondary dominants can come into being
when a V - I relationship occurs.
This diatonic chord progression would contain an Aminor chord.
But because there is a Vth interval between Am and Dm
the Am can become A or A7.
The ramifications, of what scales you can use to solo over this chord
you could use:-
* A Major pentatonic. Vertical possibility for any Major chord.
* A Minor pentatonic. Creates a bluesy sound against a Major chord.
* F Major scale/C Myxolidian. The original key is still valid.
* C Myxolidian add C#. Adds the difference between A and A minor.
* D Harmonic Minor. A7 is the Vth chord.
* D Melodic Minor. A7 is the Vth chord.
* E Melodic Minor. A7 is the IVth chord.
* Bb Melodic Minor. A7 is the VIIth chord.
* D Major/A Myxolidian. A7 is the Vth chord.
* Bb Diminished.
* A Wholetone.
These are just few of the possible scales to use over the A chord.
Listen to Mark Knofler soloing.
Can you identify which scale and when he plays it.
Be careful! these ideas may not work on other D minor progressions.
Chord Progression of the Month #6
HERO the Spiderman theme