Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Minor 7th chords, part of Music Theory for Songwriters: Harmony.
- Compared to the major 7th,…the minor 7th Chord has a slightly darker, sadder sound.…A minor 7th Chord is a minor triad,…with a minor 7th added to it.…So here is a C minor 7 chord.…We have a C minor triad,…and we add a minor 7, which is B-flat.…We can also look at it as three successive thirds,…that are minor, major, and minor in quality.…
Began with a C minor 7, we start with a root of C,…and a minor third up to E-flat, then a major third up to G,…and a minor third up to B-flat.…A minor 7th chord occurs on the 2nd, 3rd,…and 6th degrees of the major scale.…This makes the Roman numeral notation…for the minor 7 chords we find in the major scale,…ii minor 7, iii minor 7, and vi minor 7.…
The minor 7th chords that occur in C major, are,…D minor 7, E minor 7,…and A minor 7.…We hear the minor 7 as the first chord…of pretty much every minor blues.…Let me show you with an A minor blues,…and the first chord is going to be an A minor 7.…We're going to move to a iv minor 7, which is a D minor 7,…back the i minor 7.…
The v could be major/minor, but we'll play it as minor now.…
In this installment, musician Julian Velard digs into more intermediate-level music theory topics. Starting with minor scales, he shows examples of classic songs in minor keys, and then explores the modes of the diatonic scale (e.g., the mixolydian mode). Next, Julian dives into chords with 4 or more notes, covering 7th chords, chord extensions (e.g., 9ths, 11ths, and 13ths), suspended chords, diminished chords, augmented chords, and inversions. Finally, he covers key centers, modulations, pedal points, alternate bass notes, and polychords. At the end of each chapter, Julian explains the techniques shown within the context of his own original songs.
- Working in minor scales
- Using Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, and Mixolydian modes to write songs
- Extending chords
- Using 7th chords in a song
- Transposing a song
- Building different harmonies from a single melody
Skill Level Beginner
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1. Minor Keys and Modes
2. Four-Note Chords and Beyond
3. Key Centers, Modulations, and Alternate Bass Notes
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