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Chordal Theory: Minor Chords

Hector Merced (1816) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1

Minor Chords, their the chords you love that make you cry, but what if you want o go father the the typical 1-b3-5 approach we've always done all these years. I guess again I'll shed some relationships among chords for you to get this off the top of your head. Here is degrees of many types of minor, tell me if you notice the pattern.

min9 = 1-b3-5-b7-9
min6 = 1-b3-5-6
min7 = 1-b3-5-b7

Notice that the 7 is flatted to, if their is a 7 in the chord and it is minor, you must flat the 7 as well. Their are exception to this their called min/Maj chords, these chord are minor major hybrids, here are their composition, they have minor third but a major 7th which is what gives life to this hybrid.

min/Maj7 = 1-b3-5-7
min/Maj9 = 1-b3-5-7-9

Now their are few more less explainable Minor chord types, I'll just list them and let you experiment with them a little.

min6/9 = 1-b3-5-6-9
min7#5 = 1-b3-#5-b7
min7b5 = 1-b3-b5-b7
min7b9 = 1-b3-5-b7-b9
min9b5 = 1-b3-b5-b7-9

Well here is a Cmin7b5 chord for you to play with.