WHAT IS A CADENCE?

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Songwriters have been using cadences (in Latin cadential which means “a falling”) which is a chord progression of notes (played on the piano or sung by a singer) creating a sense of finality or sense of an ending. A cadence in musical terms is a progression of at least two or more chords that finish a phrase or a section of a song. The closing or ending for a musical phrase which are made up of a combination of chords. There are many types of cadences, but the three most common types of cadences are authentic, half and plagal.


I’m going to discuss cadences in reference to the Key of C to simplify it. The Authentic Cadence consists of a V (5) chord followed by the I (1) chord. In the Key of C, you have three main chords in the song. I (#1 chord) is the C chord, IV (#4) chord is the F chord and the V (5) Chord is the G chord. So, an Authentic Cadence which consists of V and I would be the G chord and then the C chord.


The Half Candence is the second chord progression which is the I (#1) chord and the V (#5) chord. In the key of C, the C chord is the I (#1) chord and the G chord is the V (#5) chord. The Half Cadence would be the C chord and then the G chord. The exact opposite of the Authentic Cadence.


The last cadence is the Plagal Cadence and it has the IV (#4) chord and the I (#1) chord. That mean you would play the F chord and then the C chord.

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