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Quartal Triads, Dominant Applications

posted Aug 4, 2015, 6:12 PM by Alex Rogowski   [ updated Aug 4, 2015, 6:26 PM ]


As is the case with all three note chords, a quartal triad has six basic inversions:






The addition of a C flat to the specific form(s) above result in a tetrad for which the most common usage would include a C flat major chord (R-M7-M3-M6) or a first inversion A flat minor chord (m3-M9-P5-R):







The less obvious, but very useful, application for the chord voicing above would be as the first inversion altered G dominant (M3 - (+)9 - (+)5 - m9). One possible resolution to a C major (specifically, a G / C) is shown below:








Here’s hoping that you extrapolate on the core concept presented above.


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