[Dixielandjazz] The Pineapple Chord

Dennis Mowatt basousanjo at blueyonder.co.uk
Thu Nov 6 12:41:51 PST 2003

In orchestral circles hereabouts this chord is referred to as "The
Neapolitan Sixth". We used to call it the "magic" chord on account of the
effect the sound of it had on the hairs on the back of our necks!


Dennis Mowatt

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Harold Smith" <s3856lpa at webtv.net>
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Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 3:48 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] The Pineapple Chord

> The Ab7 chord in the key of C, or, if you prefer, the bVI7 in any key is
> pretty commonly used by the German romantic and post=romantic composers
> in serious music.
> Never heard it called the Pineapple before, but have heard it referred
> to as "The German Chord".  
> For a beautiful example of he use of this change in a great popular
> song, try "Was I To Blame For Falling In Love With You" by Victor Young,
> and magnificenly recroded by Louis Armstrong.  Also, be sure to dig the
> Warren Vache recording of this song.  If you don't get the lshivers
> listening to his wonderful sound, you ain't human.
> Harold Smith
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