Passing Chords Explained! #1

Passing chords are temporary stepping stones between chords and they can add a huge amount of harmonic variety and interest to your chord progressions. In this lesson I look at two different techniques: Secondary Dominant & Chromatic passing chords.

They key thing to remember is that a dominant chord always resolves to a 5th below. Therefore to add a secondary dominant passing chord we can simple add in the dominant 7 chord a 5th above the passing chord.

A chromatic passing chord is very similar, we apply the same concept but add it a half step above the target chord rather than a 5th above. The reason this works is because the dominants are a tritone away and can be interchanged with each other. This can provide some really rich harmony and really take your playing to the next level!