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What is a Secondary Dominant? (All of Me Analysis)

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Have you ever been checking out a jazz standard and saw something like Cmaj7-A7-Dmin7-G7, and thought to yourself “I thought the vi chord (A7) is supposed to be minor?”

Well, you would be right. But in cases like this, you are experiencing the use of something called a “Secondary Dominant” in the music theory world.

In this video, I explain what a secondary dominant is and how it works. We use the jazz standards All of Me, to help us out.

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


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