What is Diatonic?
Okay. Welcome, Teoh. The next unit here in music theory for electronic musicians. Um, in this unit, we're gonna be talking about diet like or progressions and inversions. Now, what that means is diatonic chord progressions. Basically what that means is ah, that is a solution to this exact problem. So you you're writing a song and you say OK, like I'm here. I'm I've written this song. I've got a verse, right? Like, what should I do for the chorus? Once you know what diatonic chord progressions are? What you can do is you can say Oh, okay, I know seven chords that work in this key just just like that. Um and that's because that's what a diatonic chord progression tells you. It tells you all the available chords in the key that you're working. So that's what we're gonna learn here. We're gonna learn how to just know what are all your options for that key. Let's see, you walk into ah gig and there's people on stage jamming and they say, Hey, we're in the key of e major. Then you can say, O...
K, I know seven chords just off the top of my head That are gonna be that are gonna work well in E major, right? That's what diatonic chord progressions tell us and inversions the other thing we cover in this section inversions tell us essentially, it's a trick. Teoh, make your core progressions sound less dumb. Kind of to be blunt, um, once we start incorporating inversions Ah, that's when we really start making music and the cords start coming together and really feel like a song and not just a series of court. So hold on, We'll get to that shortly. For now, let's talk about diatonic chord progressions and let's start with picking apart that term diatonic chord progression we just saw in the in Ah, the either the last Her two videos ago, I think Just the last video. Ah, what a court progression waas, right A chord progressions of syriza courts Um what diatonic means? Diatonic is a fancy word that means in key So when something is in key, it is diatonic. If I put in here a bunch of notes ueo, all of these keys are All of these notes are in the key of C major there Diatonic, They are diatonic Ah, in the key of C major, So diatonic just means that it's in a key. The opposite of diatonic is chromatic. Chromatic means it's not in a key. It's all over the place. Here's I'll give you an example of chromatic your trying to put notes like really close together. So here's what Here's chromatic line, OK, it's not really in any key. It's going between hold 12 keys or it's basically chromatic. It's any note goes, Ah, any notice fine to use. It's gonna be ugly and kind of dissonant. And what we want music to do is stay relatively diatonic. Meeting locked into a key. So we talk about a diatonic chord progression. What we're talking about is a series of cords that are locked into a key, all the available cords in a key