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Seven Harmonies Examples

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The 5 harmony

Roman numeral code: V
Scale notes: 5, 7, 2
Mode: major

Attributes: strength, validation, affirmation

The transition from 1 to 5 and back serves to strengthen the sense of the key.

5 is an energy source. The 5 to 1 sequence generates power in music, more than any other transition. In the example tracks, listen how 5 reaffirms the key and the 1 harmony.

5's attributes come not from any special way the 5 chord is constructed; they come from the relationship between the 5 chord and the tonic note or chord or key.