Lesson 101: Cadences Summary
What Is a Cadence, Anyway?
A cadence is a harmonic entity that establishes or confirms a tonal center. The chords of a cadence form a harmonic goal or are heading for a harmonic goal, a resolution.
In many melodies/ musical forms, there is a single cadence towards the end of a phrase or a section, that constitutes a high point of the form. In other melodies/ forms, there is an abundance of cadences, often with different tonal centers, with or without resolution.
Different Types of Cadences
The different cadence types are:
Common Cadences in Jazz
Diatonic Versus Non- Diatonic Cadences
Examples of cadences that are diatonic by nature:
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