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GUEST,JonR What is the process you use to work out chords (152* d) RE: What is the process you use to work out chords 06 May 10

Pavane is quite right, "dominant" means "5th note of the scale" (like "tonic" means 1st and "subdominant" means 4th).
The well-known "dominant 7th" chord type is simply the type of chord you get by adding a 7th to the dominant (V) chord of a MAJOR scale (or V of harmonic minor).

In G mixolydian mode, however, the true "dominant 7th" chord is Dm7 - because Dm is the dominant chord. But that's gonna confuse a whole lot of people! Best just call it the "v" ("five") chord, or even "minor five" to be clear.

IOW, the phrase "dominant 7th" is ambiguous, and depends on context.

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