VII-V7 cadence

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In music, the VII-V7 cadence is a cadence using the chord progression from the subtonic (flat-VII) to dominant seventh (V7).

A, "mainstay in all rock styles of the '60s," the cadence occurs in Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay", Link Wray and His Ray Men's "Rumble", Duane Eddy's "Because They're Young", the Velvet Underground & Nico's "Sunday Morning", Joan Baez's "Fare Thee Well", and Al Caiola's 1961 "The Magnificent Seven" (0:15-0:17) and "Bonanza" (0:26-0:27).[1]

♭III-V7 cadence[edit]

A similar cadence to the VII-V7 cadence is the III-V7 cadence, the first chord of each sharing the notes B and D. In this cadence the VII is replaced with the III. In the key of C this would be E-G7-C (III-V7-I).

This cadence occurs in The Beatles' "Something", Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride", and Muse (band)'s "New Born".[citation needed]

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Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Everett, Walter (2009). The Foundations of Rock: from "Blue Suede Shoes" to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes", p.278. ISBN 0-19-531023-3.