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Music Chord Theory Part II


Nov 22, 2017 Beginning, General Comments are off

Here are more common chords that are essential – memorize and then learn in all keys.

Learn one key well then later transpose to all other keys one or two at a time.

# = sharp one half step or one fret higher in tone (towards the body of the guitar or bass).

Also b = flat – one half step or one fret lower in tone (towards head of guitar or bass).


First I will give you the chord name, shorthand, number formula and then the note names.

Remember to memorize all four.


C augmented also called just C+ = R, 3rd, #5 = C – E – G#

C dominant 7 also called just C7 = R, 3rd, 5th, b7th = C – E – G – Bb


C major 7th also called just Cmaj = R, 3rd, 5th, 7th = C – E – G – B

C minor 7th also called Cm7 = R, b3rd, 5th, b7th = C – Eb – G – Bb


Now written on musical staff left to right – C+, C7, Cmaj7, and Cm7:

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