Without a doubt, it’s good to know the Latin terms that musicians use each day. That way, you’ll know how to navigate the mean streets of music vocabulary.
For example, if you’re sitting in a jam session, and one of your buddies calls out “move to the dominant chord!” you’ll know exactly what to do. If you’ve already studied Latin terms, then you can swiftly move to the fifth chord without missing a beat.
Or if somebody shouts “hit the minor submediant!” you’ll simply slide to the sixth with total confidence … knowing that your killer music theory skills just earned you an invite back to the next session. But to truly master these terms, you must know how they apply in all 12 keys. In a previous post, I explained how they work in the key of C. But what about other keys … tlike G, D, A, etc.? To answer that question, here’s a more complete look at how these note names apply to every key in music:
Because the Latin terms are like scale degrees, they are consistent in each key. For example, the tonic is always the first note … the supertonic is always the second note … and so on. Seriously, you should commit this information to memory. Because it’s super useful to know. After all, music theory is civilized pursuit. And with a solid understanding of these Latin terms, you’ll know how to communicate with ease – like the high-class gentleman or lady that you are.