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7th Chords - Overview

J. Anthony Allen

Music Theory for Electronic Musicians

J. Anthony Allen

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22. 7th Chords - Overview

Lesson Info

7th Chords - Overview

okay up next. We need to talk about seventh chords now. Seventh chords are not chords with seven notes. Um, that would be pretty extreme, considering that so far we've only had notes or records with three notes, Right? Ah, seventh chords are chords with four notes. So how does that make any sense? Well, let's just I didn't So let's make a try it. Actually, before we make the Triad, let's make the whole scale again. I know you're getting sick of this, but it's important. Ah, and it'll it'll really help us to see why we call these seventh chords in that fourth courts. So I'm gonna make a C major scale, full step, whole step, whole step half step. There we go now to make a triad, we use the first, and then we skip a note. Third and the fifth, right? What if we kept going? What if we went one more step? So we skip a note and we add the seven. That is what 1/7 chord is. So we have four notes, but the notes we have our 1st 3rd 5th and seventh tone of the scale, right? That's what we call him...

seventh chords. Fairly easy, right? So what do they sound like? Well, let's get rid of these other things. So here is 1/7 chord. That's what it sounds like. Drag it out a little bit. Ah, it's Ah fairly pretty sound. Now the dangerous thing here is that there are actually three different kinds of seventh chords. There are, ah, a major triad with what we call a major seventh on it. That's what we're looking at here. But then we can also have a minor triad with a minor seventh. It's a little bit more of a jazz sound, and we can also have a major triad with a minor seventh. That's what we call a dominant sound that's called a day dominant chord. We'll talk more about that in just a minute, but those are three different flavors of seventh chords that we encounter in the diatonic chord progression. So if we made the diatonic chord progression going all the way up, but we added seventh chords this time, we would have some major seventh chords. The major seven chord is this 1st 1 a major triad with a major seventh with 123450 that's gonna be a major seventh. Sometimes we'll end up with a minor chord with a minor seventh. That sounds like this. That is a minor seventh with a minor triad underneath it. And sometimes we'll end up with a major triad with a minor seventh on a diatonic scale. That only happens once. There's only one chord that gets it. So we'll talk about that in just a minute. You might say to yourself, Hey, you skipped one. What if we had a minor chord with a major seventh? That doesn't really occur anywhere in the ah scale, so we don't use that one very often. That was pretty rare. Ah, and it's kind of a different kind of chord. We'll talk more about that, I think not in this class, but in the next class. So those are three different kinds of seventh chords. Ah, next let's go into looking at ah, how to use them

Class Description

This is a class designed for the electronic musician who wants to bring new energy and compositional strength to their tracks. In this class, we'll focus on learning how to organize pitches and rhythms to make dynamic, interesting melodies and harmonies. Experience with music therory, the ability to play an instrument, or read music is not necessary! We will focus on how to use your DAW as your instrument of creation.

Topics include:

  • Using the Piano Roll Editor
  • Octaves
  • Finding C and Middle C
  • The Perfect 5th
  • What it means to be "in key"
  • Moveable Patterns
  • Major and Minor Intervals
  • Building Triads
  • Chord Progressions
  • 7th Chords
... And much more!

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this is great and very helpfull class, i make and wirte music for more than 2 decades and never gave much about theory, i trusted my feelings to what sound good and what not. Bu t recently i became interested but it all seemed very difficult to me and i didnt got the points behind music theory and how everyhing works together. This class was a game changer for me.. music theory is so simple if you have somebody to explain it in words so that you finally can understand it, and thats Anthony, he is a brilliant guy and he explains it in a simple way that you can easily understand whats going on. This is perfectly the case with this course, the sections are short and to the point, not much talking around and leaving the path, you can make fast progress end learn how music theory works, this is a 5 Star ***** course and hopefully there is more to come

Emane Filali

Fabulous course. As a person with dyslexia, trying to remember the notes and chords as letters only is impossible. I love the visual way the chords are demonstrated and explained. I was originally put off by the "electronic" aspect, thinking it was only for learning how to use piano edit roller. However, as a beginner in playing the piano, this course is applicable to all who want to learn and understand music theory in an interesting visual way. Looking forward to next lesson. Will definately be purchasing the course after. Fantastic tutor and course.

Giulio Lazaretti

Very good class!! Makes it much easier to understand and apply the rules of theory. Anthony is also very wise to suggest to trust your ears, even if what you've written doesn't fit into those same rules. I am so very grateful for you putting this together, Anthony, and for making it available for the general public, Creative Live. I am also very glad I was given the opportunity to learn english in my home country (Brazil), in which many barely know how to read and write in our own native language (portuguese) due to our public education being so bad (which, by its turn, has to do with the myriad of vile creatures that inhabit our representative chambers). Tks XoXo!