Nov. 24, 2019

Chords By Family

This jazz piano lesson will help you discover, learn, and play basic 7th chords. The five primary sounds of music (Major, Dominant, Minor, Half Diminished, and Diminished) are constructed using a family approach. Two chord construction techniques are discussed and outlined.

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  1. Chord Construction using Note Names
    1. C Major 7th = C E G B
    2. C Dominant 7th = C E G Bb
    3. C Minor 7th = C Eb G Bb
    4. C Half Diminished 7th = C Eb Gb Bb
    5. C Diminished 7th = C Eb Gb Bbb
  2. Chord Construction Using Numbers
    1. C Major 7th = 1 3 5 7
    2. C Dominant 7th = 1 3 5 b7
    3. C Minor 7th = 1 b3 5 b7
    4. C Half Diminished 7th = 1 b3 b5 b7
    5. C Diminished 7th = 1 b3 b5 bb7

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Dr. Bob Lawrence
President, The Dallas School of Music