Can someone explain to me why the Diatonic v chord in minor losses its dominant function when there is no leading tone?
Let's take Am as an example. Chord v is E G B. If we add the seventh, we get E G B D. In this chord, from the root there is a minor third [G], perfect fifth and minor 7th [D]. In a dominant 7th chord, there is a major third, perfect fifth and minor seventh.

I'm not even sure what you're asking, since I'm tired.


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becasue a dominantV chord resolves very well to the tonic because of the tensionmade in the tritone between the 7th and the third.
Those two notes are the leading tone and fourth of the key you're in and the leading tone resolved very well up into the tonic and the fourth resolves very well down into the tonic as well.Without the leading tone there isnt that dissonance and resolution

well this is as well as i could explain it

btw thats where the harmonic minor scale comes up with the raised 7th degree
Last edited by supersac at Jan 11, 2012,
When you raise the third in the V chord is becomes the leading tone which pulls towards I a lot harder than a minor v. Although us explaining it is one thing, you should play the two to HEAR the difference.
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