Saturday, 1 July 2017

The Seventh Chords

Major, minor and dominant seventh chords. 
These chords are very important. The dominant seventh is probably used the most by gospel musicians. It has a bluesy/gospel sound.
The major seventh has a pretty sound and is heard more in somewhat contemporary gospel. 
The dominant 7th is often used in a 2-5-1 progression. The minor seventh adds a little more serious or solumn note as the third is flatted.
They are as follows:
7th Chord(Dominant) 1-3-5-b7 
In the key of "C" we have C-E-G-Bb

Maj. 7th 1- 3 - 5 - 7
In the key of "C" we have C-E-G-B

Minor 7th 1-b3-5-b7   
In the key of "C" We have C-Eb-G-Bb

These chords can be played in the root position or one of three inversions. 
There is really no need to learn them for all chords. If you already know the triad, simply add the desired seventh or flat third(or both).
Practice the inversions.

Listen to the chords and compare the sound. 
If you haven't been using them, incorporate them into your music as the sound tells you they fit.

A particular chord that I like is 7#5#9. 
Example: C / E-G#-Bb-D# or 1 / 3-#5-b7-#9. 
Pretty chord! 
It can be used as five in minor 2-5-1s. 
Play it and check out the sound.

An easy way to remember how to form dominant Eeleventh chords is that you play the root of the chord in your left hand and play an inversion of the flat seventh major in your right hand. 
For example: F11=F/G-Bb-Eb, or Bb-Eb-G, or Eb-G-Bb. 
You don't have to try to remember the notes.  Just remember to play a major chord on the flat seventh, and play the root with your left hand. 
You will have the 1/9(2)-b7-11(4). See how it sounds. Transpose to other notes. As a dominant chord, it can be used as a fifth.(among other uses)

I will post tomorrow on 11 and 13 chords.


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