These chords are my absolute favorite when it comes to chromatic harmony.
- Neapolitan Chords have a very distinct sound in the chord progression.
- A Neapolitan Chord is a bII chord.
- If we are in A minor, the Neapolitan chord would be B-flat Major.
- Usually Neapolitan chords are found in minor keys but exist in Major keys as well.
- The Neapolitan chord is typically in 1st Inversion meaning that the 3rd of the chord will be the lowest sounding note or bass note of the chord.
- Neapolitan chords resolve best with a V chord. Ex. In E minor the Neapolitan would be F Major / A (in the bass) and it would resolve to a B Major or B7 chord (V or dominant chord).
*If certain terminology is confusing, please leave me a comment or private message and I could help out.
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