August 2016

Building Seventh Chords | Amaj7 → Adim7

Update August 2016: Added free PDF – download Building Seventh Chords

Building seventh chords maj7 → dom7 → min7 → min7(b5) → dim7 by shifting one note of each seventh chord down a minor second. Pay attention to the identical dim7 chord shapes in all positions.

 

Chord structures

maj7 1 3 5 7 A C# E G#
dom7 1 3 5 b7 A C# E G
min7 1 b3 5 b7 A C E G
min7(b5) 1 b3 b5 b7 A C Eb G
dim7 1 b3 b5 bb7 A C Eb Gb

 

Building Seventh Chords | Amaj7 → Adim7

The chord diagrams in this Keynote presentation were created with the fonts Chords. No images or shapes were used.

 

Different String Sets

Try also other string sets such as 2345, 3456, 2346

 

building seventh chords - major7-string-sets

 

 

Diatonic triads in the key of G major and F major

Diatonic triads in the key of G major and F major

Create diatonic triads in a major scale by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

The video shows all diatonic triads in the key of G major and F major on string set 123.

 

 

Diatonic Triads in the key of C major

Find the previous blog post covering diatonic triads in the key of C major in part 1 of this tutorial.

 

triads-inversions-in-the-key-of-C-on-string-set-123

 

Diatonic Triads in the key of G major

To cover all inversions of all triads on string set 123 we start on the Cmaj (IVmaj) triad in the 12th position. Note that the Cmaj triad in the key of G is IVmaj.

Create diatonic triads in the key of G major by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

 

triads-inversions-in-the-key-of-G-on-string-set-123

Click the download link at the end of this blog post to get a free PDF with an overview of all triads and inversions on string set 123 in the key of G major and F major.

 

Diatonic Triads in the key of F major

Again we we start on the Cmaj (Vmaj) triad in the 12th position to cover all inversions of all triads on string set 123. Note that the Cmaj triad in the key of F is Vmaj.

Create diatonic triads in the key of F major by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

 

triads-inversions-in-the-key-of-F-on-string-set-123

Click the download link at the end of this blog post to get a free PDF with an overview of all triads and inversions on string set 123 in the key of G major and F major.

 

All triads in all keys

Now being familiar with all triads and all inversions in the key of Cmaj, Fmaj and Gmaj start to learn triads and their inversions in all other major keys:

Cmaj → Fmaj → Bbmaj → Ebmaj → Abmaj → Dbmaj → Gbmaj → F#maj → Bmaj → Emaj → Amaj → Dmaj → Gmaj → Cmaj

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Adding frets to neck diagrams

By default the fonts Chords and Scales create chord- and scale diagrams with five and six frets. Diagrams for scale patterns using three notes per string, long-form arpeggios or some tetrachord patterns require more than six frets.

It is pretty easy to add any number of frets to these diagrams by connecting and aligning two or more text boxes in Apple Pages as shown in the video. Make sure to set Text Wrap of each text box to None.

 

connecting-diagrams-with-text-boxes

 

Adding frets to a diagram in Apple Pages

 

  • create two neck diagrams with the fonts Chords and/or Scales
  • set Text Wrap of each text box to None
  • cut the lower part of the text box resp. neck diagram to avoid overlaps
  • connect and align text boxes
  • group the text boxes
  • optionally rotate the diagram by 90°