Exercise 1

  1. Place a * beneath the stave each time you hear a dominant 7th after listening to the following music several times. You will find a few useful clues in the melody itself.
  2. The key is G minor. Therefore, firstly think about which notes form the dominant triad, then add the 7th note above the root to the triad to form the 7th chord.
  • Using the chord of the dominant 7th is always useful when composing for four voices or instruments – one note to each voice.
  • With the popularity of television programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing, how about doing some research into Latin-American dances, such as the Tango? Other prominent ones are the Salsa, the Bossanova and the Samba. Here is a chance to include popular and catchy rhythms in your compositions to give them character.