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Seventh Chords

An interval of a 7th is often added to the V chord (Dominant 7th)
An interval of a 7th can be added to Secondary Triads (Secondary 7ths)
An interval of a 7th can be added to Primary Triads as well.
The Seventh chord comprises four notes:  Root, 3rd, 5th, and 7th.

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The following progression is a useful way to become familiar with Seventh Chords in all keys.                                 

  1. Play the first seventh chord in ROOT position.

  2. Keep the bottom 2 notes the same and move the TOP 2 DOWN by step.

  3. Then keep the top 2 the same and move the BOTTOM 2 DOWN by step.

  4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 and continue in a similar manner.

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Repeat in all Major Keys.









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