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The Minor Seven Sevenths

Steve Cass (14763) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5

This is the eleventh lesson the Playbook for the Beginner and Beyond series. We'll be adding the 7th degree to the current chords in the minor chord scale and discussing uses and possibilities. To view all lessons in this series click on the link above or search for lessons under my name.

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What I really intend on getting across to you is that now's the time to see the 7th added. See the 7th as an addition to the siblings in the harmony structure within each chord, and see the 7th chord as the missing link to our *general C minor chord scale. Just as I did for the C major chord scale in the lesson entitled The Seventh See.

This discussion is important to your future on the guitar. However, this lesson crosses a line in the sand, so-to-speak. The line I refer to is that of basic harmony structure crossing over to intermediate studies. However learning and playing the chords themselves remains basic. This is important harmony information. Especially for learning intermediate and advanced guitar techniques. With the understandings from the previous lessons, you can grab ahold of your guitar and start winning some major victories. This lesson will be easy to pick up. A good reward for going through the last one.

*The major harmonized scale as outlined in the lesson The Seventh See and then again in Key Centers and Common Tones is one of the foundations of western music. This minor harmonized scale is actually a general minor scale encompassing several elements of possible minor scales.