• Week 10: Half-Diminished Seventh Chord + Cheat Sheet

    half-diminished seventh

    In today‚Äôs post, we’ll be exploring the ins and outs of the half-diminished seventh chord.

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    Chord alterations, “add X,” half diminished 7 chords, and more…

    Here is a question that came in from Chris Myhre:

    Flat 9, flat 5, flat 7th… this stuff is confusing — and for that matter the ADD 9, ADD 5, ADD 6, and the #9, #5 as well. I guess I should also throw in the half-diminished chords, whatever those are. I’m still trying to figure it out. It all sounds beautiful but it seems that a #9 would be a minor note and a flat 7th is still just a regular 7th. It’s hard to understand why the notation has to be so complicated. Maybe things will become more apparent as I go along and learn more.

    Anyway, I hope to understand more of this as I go along and I appreciate what you have done. God bless,


    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for your question…

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    Here’s a quick and easy refresher on tertian chords

    As you may know from past lessons, tertian chords are built on thirds.

    This is majority of the chords you’ll play since almost every common chord (like major, minor, dominant, diminished, augmented, and even most altered chords) are built on thirds.

    In this post, I wanted to provide a quick refresher on some of the most common tertian chords.

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