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The strange chord in “Ditto” by NewJeans?

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    • Sonni @sonnyan

      I like the chord progression in Ditto. However, there’s one chord I don’t quite understand. It’s towards the end of the looping chord progression, for example, around 0:23, during the Korean part between the two repetitions of “say it ditto.”
      A chord info site says that it’s E7 but to my ears it’s something more twisted.

      I have progressed through the first two chapters of SoundQuest’s Chord edition. Help me!

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        Amachan @amachan

        It’s E7 with fifth flattened, which is notated as E7(-5). The chord website probably simplified the chords for ease of playing, which is kinda common practice.

        By flatting fifth, the note B becomes B♭—In solfa, Re becomes Re♭. Theoretically it strengthens the pull toward the tonal center. And, of course, being a note outside the key, this also provide an intriguing ear-catching stimulus.

        Such chords are called “altered dominants”, explained in the chapter V of Chord edition, though not translated yet.

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          Sonni @sonnyan

          Thanks!

          Chapter V, the long way to go….😭
          So V7 is casually exchanged to V7(-5)?

            Amachan @amachan

            So V7 is casually exchanged to V7(-5)?

            Basically yes. But as the note Re♭ prompts resolution to Do, I think it’s good to make it progress to the I chord.

            One extra note: For melody you should avoid using natural Re as it conflicts with Re♭, but Ditto is a rare case where the melody sometimes hits Re while the chord plays Re♭, for whatever reason, maybe to keep the melody line natural.

              Sonni @sonnyan

              Thanks again!

              Ditto is a rare case where the melody hits Re while the chord plays Re♭, for whatever reason, maybe to keep the melody line natural.

              This is SO interesting. Music is deep!

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