Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Using 7th chords in a song, part of Music Theory for Songwriters: Harmony.
- Okay, let's look at some of these concepts in action.…I'm going to show you with one of my own compositions…called Brooklyn Kind of Love…how minor 7th chords, dominant chords, extended chords,…added note chords, and a diminished 7th chord…can work in a song.…I'm going to play the song through the last chorus…up until the end,…and then I'm going to go back through it,…and show you where all these chords fit into the song.…You ready?…(Piano playing)…♫ Let's go to that bar…♫ For you and me…♫ Where the skyline's easy to see…♫ We'll dance 'till dawn…♫ Beneath the apple marquis…♫ Then back to watch for season three…♫ Of that show…♫ We've both seen…♫ The story of a king and a queen…♫ The once Mr. and Mrs.…
♫ Like this is a Brooklyn…♫ Like this is a Brooklyn…♫ Like this is a Brooklyn…♫ Kind of love ♫…Alright, let me take you through the song,…and I'll show you how I work…all these different chords into it.…Alright, so, the song starts with a D flat major triad.…You see we have a C augmented triad,…then we move to a B♭ minor 7.…
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