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The song is in D Maj

I can't understand how that B Maj at bar 12 came out

G maj7(IV), A(V) then B maj (VI) ?

How does this work ?

  • are you sure this song is in D Maj? not a D major chord to be found.
    – b3ko
    Commented Oct 3, 2018 at 17:15

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The song is definitely in D major, it just doesn't resolve to D major chords very often in this excerpt.

The B chord is a secondary dominant as part of a deceptive resolution (IV-V-VI). It's kind of like ii-V-iii-vi-IV...* in that the deceptive resolution is there, skipping the iii in that circle of fifths example. The B chord normally would be minor, but making it major gives it that color, and also its tendency to resolve to Em (though in this case it's G major, but they're both subdominants, so it doesn't matter).

Also worth noting is that the A6 noted there also contains the 9th, so I'd call it A6/9, and it already contains the note B, which sets up the B major chord.

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    Great answer! I would just add that it does resolve to DMaj in bar 5.
    – jdjazz
    Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 2:58
  • @jdjazz Edited it.
    – user45266
    Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 3:57
  • Why is it kind of like ii-V-iii-vi-IV ? I kind of thought that it's a deceptive resolution using the pivot chords of D Maj key's relative minor key ( b ) Gmaj being the "bVIM7" A7 being "bVII7" and B being the "i"but just changed to Maj because even in minor keys they end the part by Maj "I"sometimes Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 12:57
  • If you want, you can look at it that way, that's perfectly acceptable. Just be prepared to defend your position that the song is in B minor.
    – user45266
    Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 17:13

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