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Any diatonic major or minor chord can be preceded by the diminished chord built on the note that is one half step below the root of the diatonic Major or minor chord that acts as a temporary tonic. These diminished chords are called secondary leading tone chords. The root of the diminished chord acts as a temporary leading tone to the root of a temporary tonic chord. Secondary leading tone chords provide harmonic color with the addition of altered notes and they give added direction and movement to the harmony.

In this lesson you will learn to identify and write secondary leading tone chords.

At the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Identify the structure and analysis of secondary leading tone chords
  • Identify and write secondary leading tone chords
  • Resolve secondary leading tone chords

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015