Chord Progression - Intro
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- Blues Progression
Blues Chord Progression
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- Minor Over Major
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- Chord IIx
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- Chord IIIx
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- Chord bIIIx
Create extreme tension!
Find Chord bIIIx below.
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- Chord bVIIx
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Chord bIIIx, the angry version of IIIx!
If you change your III chord into a major chord and then flatten it a semitone you get your bIIIx chord.
This chord holds extreme tension since most notes inside it is outside of the major or minor scale.
Let’s look at the notes in C major:
C – D – E – F – G – A – B
The III chord is an Em (E – G – B), the bIIIx7, an Eb7 chord has the notes Eb – G – Bb – Db.
Only the G is still a part of the original major scale.
Chord bIIIx in songs
- Beautiful, if seen as in the key of Ab, the last chord of the verse is bIIIx
- I Can’t Stand The Rain, the third chord of the chorus is a bIIIx
- Starman, very briefly at the end of the verse we find a bIIIx
- Blackbird, in the chorus you could find a bIIIx although it is probably a key change
- Take Me To The River, the bridge has a bIIIx chord
- Tenderness, has a bIIIx with and without bass note variation
Perhaps a little complicated theoretically but at least it’s easy to spot when the bIIIx enters a song, extreme tension!
My favorite example of bIIIx happens in the third chord played in Smells Like Teen Spirit, so let’s hand over to Kurt and the boys for some bIIIx action!