Dom­i­nant 7th chords

Ex­plore the in­gre­di­ents of this pop­u­lar chord type, as heard in blues, jazz, funk, rock and more

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Over the last two months we’ve been look­ing at ma­jor and mi­nor 7th chords, so now we move on to the tense, bluesy-sound­ing ‘dom­i­nant’ style 7th. Like ma­jor 7th chords, dom­i­nant 7ths are a ma­jor chord with an ex­tra note added. And, as with all chords, we’ll be us­ing for­mu­las to help you re­mem­ber how each one is built. When­ever you look at how a chord or scale is con­structed it is given a for­mula that com­pares it to the ma­jor scale. For ex­am­ple, the eight notes of the ma­jor scale are writ­ten as ‘1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8’ and the three notes of a ma­jor chord are writ­ten as ‘1 3 5’. The ex­am­ples be­low show this ap­proach in a prac­ti­cal set­ting.

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