So what you're saying is you're as confused as the rest of us regarding diminished seventh chords but don't want to admit it?
In this tutorial, we will be taking a breather and look back at scales and chords, while also figuring out where all the new chords we have learned fit in. So, let's have some fun.
I originally planned on talking about diminished 7th chords in this tutorial, but what we're about to discuss today fits better for a learning process, at least in my book.
A while back we learned what quality each chord from a diatonic scale has. Visually, it's something like this:
|natural minor scale||min||dim||maj||min||min||maj||maj|
This is all fine and dandy for major and minor chords. But where and how do you play a seventh chord in all of this? Well, it goes something like this:
|natural minor scale||m7||m7(♭5)||maj7||m7||m7||maj7||7|
As you can see, more often than not, there is a correspondence between the quality of the normal and seventh chords (in that where you would normally have a major chord, you could play a major seventh). The only exceptions are the chords formed on the 5th and 7th notes/degrees of the scale.
That about covers it for this tutorial. In the next one, we will be taking a look at some chord progressions that make use of seventh chords. See you then.