Today is a small tip on how to use your ears and basic knowledge of voice-leading when it comes to building a cadential sound when in a tonal mode – or using a synthetic scale.
First, know where is your tonal center, or I chord. This will obviously be your home base.
Now, find scale degrees that can act as sol/5 or ti/7 to the root of the scale.
Next, find other leading tones and see if they can be added to the previous incomplete V structure.
Finally, experiment with these tones, adding and subtracting, to build a cadential chord that has a strong pull back to your I chord with an unresolved sound. Easier said than done, for sure, but this exercise will certainly train your ears more to know how your compositions flows within a mode or synthetic scale.
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