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#beginquote# When people refer to an "unstable" chord, they are talking about a chord that wants to go somewhere else (resolve). The most common is the dominant 7 chord (ex: g-b-d-f). It is the tritone between the 3rd (b) and the 7th (f) which gives it it's tension. The most common way to resolve it is for the 7th the resolve down and the 3rd to resolve up. Any chord with 2 tritones in it will be very unstable like a Dominant7 with a flat 9th. (g b d f ab) This resoves the same as the dominant7 with the 9 usually resovling down too). V7 - I progression in C would use the G7 chord listed above. The f would resolve down to an E and the b would resolve up to the C. (the third that resolves this way is also called the "leading tone" as it leads to the root of the following chord. Jazz musicians like to use a dominant chord on built on the note 1/2 step above the chord they are going to. ex: the G7 chord would resolve to an F# chord instead of to a C. In this case, the 7th resolves up and the 3rd resoves down. This is called a "chromatic dominant" and the theory of using it this way instead of the V7 is called a "tritone substitution". They are also used in classical music (French6 and German6 are two examples) but it is tougher to explain. GOOOOOOROOOOOO #endquote#
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