In this video, we learn how to play Jazz guitar: Functioning & Static Dominant Chords. When you play an A7 going to a D chord, you are playing a functioning dominant, because a five chord always wants to go to a one chord. This is because of the tension in the five chord and how it resolves to the one chord. You will hear that the chord wants to go to a different chord, so make sure you understand this concept as you are playing. If the chord does go to the other, it's referred to as a functioning dominant. Any dominant seven chord needs to be worked out quickly while you are playing.