Intermediate Chords tutorials
6. Minor 7th flat five chords
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So these are like the minor 7th chords that live in flat number five in the music world?

  1. Topics of discussion
  2. Minor 7th flat five chords

1. Topics of discussion

In this tutorial we will be taking a look at minor 7th flat five chords (abbreviated m7(♭5)). So, let's have some fun.

2. Minor 7th flat five chords

Minor 7th flat five chords are formed by adding the flatted seventh note of the major scale of the root note on top of a diminished triad. This gives us the following formula for these chords:

1 ♭3 ♭5 ♭7

As you can see, their formula is fairly similar to minor 7th chords, the only difference being the flatted fifth, hence the name. Now some of you may be thinking that these chords and diminished seventh chords are the same, but they're not, even though both of them are formed by using the diminished triad.

Let's learn how to play the Cm7(♭5) in various forms, using the CAGED system, sort of. First of, the C form:

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Cm7b5 chord

Here it is played back:

Let's move on to the A form:

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Cm7b5 chord

Here it is played back:

Let's move on to the G form:

4EADGBE4XX123
Cm7b5 chord

Here it is played back:

Let's move on to the E form:

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Cm7b5 chord

Here it is played back:

Finally, let's move on to the D form:

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Cm7b5 chord

Here it is played back:

That about covers it for this tutorial. In the next one, we will be taking a small break by reviewing everything we have learned so far. See you then.

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