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How to Play Minor 7th Chords

Learn how to play minor 7th chords in this keyboard tutorial from Howcast.

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Hi, I'm Stephanie from Tomato's House of Rock and I'm going to show you how to play minor 7th chords. To find a minor 7th chord, there's going to be one formula and once you know that formula, you should be able to find it in any key. So what we need for a minor 7th is first just a minor triad down below.

So let's start in A, because it's all white keys. It's nice and easy to see. So we'll have one, three, five. There's our minor, A-C and E. Then for the 7th of a minor, we're going to find that 7th by going up an octave to the A on top and then coming down a whole step. So we don't want to come down a half step, which would be part of actually the A major scale.

To keep it in that minor sound we have to really come down the full whole step. So we'll have A-C-E and G, which is also the one, the minor three the five and then flatted seven. So there's a minor 7th chord, just to hear the sound one more time. There is is. Let's try the formula somewhere else just, so you can see what it looks like.

Let's try something a little bit more interesting. Let's try an F minor. So I'm going to use the same formula. I'm going to find my minor triad. So there it is, just an F, an A flat and a C, which would be the one, the minor or the flatted three and the five. Now I'm going to find my seven by going up an octave from that F and then down a full whole step, which in this case it's going to be the E flat. So let's hear what that all sounds like together.

I really like the minor 7th. It's got a really cool tone to it. It's actually surprisingly pretty considering how dark it is. So once you've got that, then we can start to mess around with the order, now that we know the formula. So try to get really comfortable with the actual notes that make up the minor 7th chord. So for instance if we stay in F right now, I know I've got an F, an A flat, a C and an E flat.

Now I'm just going to try it in a different position. So maybe I'm going to put this F up on top. So that means that I would start with the A flat on the bottom. Now I've got minor three, five, flat seven and the one's up on top. So it just creates a little bit of a different sound and it gives you a little bit more movement, depending on what chords you're coming from and what chords you're going to.

You can keep doing this. You can keep reordering. So maybe next we're going to go up to - now we'll start on the five, which is the C, so we'll go. So now I've got five, seven, one and now our minor three and flat three is on top. These can also just be a lot more comfortable in your hand if you change the order of the notes.

Because sometimes if we have it in root position, it can feel a little bit of a stretch. Yeah, so just try to get comfortable with the makeup of your minor 7th chords, and then find which inversion's feel like they're best for you. That's how you play a minor 7th chord.

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