Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen talks about music theory on one of his songs

MY MUSIC THEORY STUDENTS often ask me when learning about chords: “Do professional musicians always think about chords this way in terms of Roman numerals?” My response is yes, either explicitly or implicitly — that is, they either think of the chord relationships in formal terms, or they have come up with their own way of understanding how the chords interact with each other.  Here’s Donald Fagen giving some detailed insight on the underlying music theory of Steely Dan’s Peg.

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