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Old 03-19-2019, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by gkster View Post
This line from the Turtles' "Happy Together"

I asked someone who had taken a couple of music theory classes, what makes it so striking? I think they said something about chromatics or key change?
IMO music theory is never needed, or enough, to explain why something sounds good.

But I can say that the major 7th chord is always interesting to me because it provides a kind of wistful feel. It's not really unusual, but it's a bit uncommon to get there by dropping a whole step from the tonic and inverting it like they do. Uncommon things are always interesting. That's a fun thing to listen to, thanks for bringing it up.