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Thread: Ascending substitute dominants

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    Ascending substitute dominants

    I can't find a definitive answer to this, so I thought I'd ask...

    If I use a substitute dominant ascending, should it be notated as a #?
    So, Dm7-Db7-CM7 is fine. Should the ascending form be spelled CM7-Db7-Dm7 or CM7-C#7-Dm7?

    If it were a 7 I would expect CM7-C#7-Dm7. But substitute dominants are defined by their expectation to resolve down a semitone. They are, in some way, inherently flat. Are they still flat when that expectation is confounded?
    Last edited by nuffink; 03-06-2018 at 02:09 PM.

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