Sometimes chords aren’t quite what they seem.
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Modern harmony is based in part on traditional techniques, but it varies in some important but subtle ways: Pop music especially is full of things that you can sort of analyze with old models if you’re willing to overlook some of the more difficult aspects of it, but to really understand these new ideas it helps to build new models that engage with the music on its own terms. One recent attempt I found sought to explain a chord progression that’s been growing in popularity recently which doesn’t quite behave the way it seems like it should, and when we take a closer look, it might just be telling us something amazing about how modern music works.
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