Here’s another harmony and chord lesson for you in our series of lessons.
In this lesson, we’re going to look at the
Minor 7th and Minor Major 7th chords.
Ensure that you already know lesson one, where we learned about some major 7th chords.
With these two minor 7th chords, the difference is the 7th note is the minor 7th interval in one, and the major 7th interval in the other.
In both the minor triad is there, ie, tonic, minor third and fifth note.
The trick also is to remember the notation which is what you’ll see in music scores.
Here they are:
Minor 7th Chord
Notation: Cmin7 or Cm7
This chord is made up of:
The secret to improvisation and playing freely on the piano or keyboard is knowing your chords and harmonies well.
The steps to all these skills is firstly to know a good repertoire of chords.
Yes, start with major and minor, and these are the basics.
Then get familiar with this list of piano chords:
Let’s take the example of C:
C major 7th
C minor 7th
C minor 6
C major 9
C minor 9
C dim 7
C7 diminished 5 (or flat 5)
C7 augmented 5 (or sharp 5)
C minor 7 diminished 5 (or flat 5)
C minor 7 augmented 5 (or sharp 5)
C 7 diminished 9 (or flat 9)
C 7 augmented 9 (or sharp 9)
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