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Welcome to music theory lesson #6! You've completed:

Day 1: Major Scales
Day 2: Minor Scales / Blues Scale
Day 3: Whole Steps, Half Steps & Intervals
Day 4: Major Chords & Minor Chords
Day 5: Chord Inversions

... but we still have 5 more lessons to finish:

 Day 6: Seventh Chords
 Day 7: Blues Chord Progression
 Day 8: Scales & Chords
 Day 9: Ear-Training
 Day 10: Playing in every key

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Lesson 6: Seventh Chords

Now that you know how to build a major chord, we want to introduce you to another type of chord.

If you remember, a 3-toned chord is called a "Triad."

A 4-toned chord is called a "Seventh" (what we will learn today)!

A seventh (or dominant) chord is built similar to a major triad. In fact, a Seventh chord is a major chord with an added "minor third" interval on top.

Do you get it?

Remember... a major triad is a:

major third + perfect fifth

(Note: Major triad = Major Chord)

Also, remember:

A (major third) = 4 half steps or 2 whole steps
A (minor third) = 3 half steps or 1.5 whole steps

Seventh Chord = major third + perfect fifth + minor third

For example, a (C major) chord is: (C) - (E) - (G)

To create a C Seventh Chord (or C7), simply add a minor third on top of the (G).

------ from G to A flat is 1 half step
------ from G to A is 2 half steps
------ from G to B flat is 3 half steps

3 half steps = "Minor Third" interval

So... by adding a (B flat) to a (C major chord), you have now created a (C7) chord.

C7 = (C) + (E) + (G) + (Bb)

Try playing this chord in all 12 keys! (C7, D7, E7 and so on ...)

Note: This chord is one of the most utilized chords in gospel music. The added minor third creates the "blues" feeling used in gospel hymns, blues, r & b, rock, etc.

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More Music Theory Piano Lessons

Major Scales Music Theory
Minor Scales / Blues Scale Theory
Whole Steps, Half Steps & Intervals
Major Chords & Minor Chords
Piano Chord Inversions
Piano Seventh Chords
Blues Piano Chord Progression
Piano Scales & Piano Chords
Piano and Keyboard Ear-Training
Playing in Every Major Piano Key
Common Musician Questions P1
Common Musician Questions P2
"4 Steps to Playing Most Songs"


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