Say I'm playing in the key of Gmin (Relative Major Bb). Quick down in dirty i-iv-v blues shuffle, with Gmin, Cmin, and Dmin. Okay, so the key is Gmin, so I have as notes to play with...G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G (aelion). (i may have spelled that wrong..it's late ) Okay...so I'm playing: i => G F G Bb A iv => C Bb C Eb D v => D C D F E Okay, my question is, while playing the v chord, I'm playing an E note here, which is out of the Gmin chord. Now, why does this work, or seem to work? I'm stumped. I for the life of me am trying to brainstorm in my ever-growing knowledge AND confusion of theory to figure out why this works, and I can't seem to find it. Maybe it doesn't work and my ears are deceiving me. Also, could someone shed a little light on why in a minor key, the 5th is dominant (mixolydian). And before anyone recommends a teacher, I have one, it's just I have soooo many questions when I play, 30 mins just doesn't cut it. Thanks for any responses.