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

 

 

Comparing modes in terms of tetrachords

Find previous blog posts covering tetrachords in part 1part 2 and part 3 of this tutorial.

 

Modes and tetrachords | Root note C

Comparing modes in terms of tetrachords

 

Comparing modes in terms of tetrachords helps you to get familiar with

  • the structure of scales
  • the fingerings of scale patterns
  • the sound of modes
  • the brightness and darkness of modes

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C major scale | Modes in terms of tetrachords

Find previous blog posts covering tetrachords in part 1 and part 2 of this tutorial.  

 

C Ionian Scale

The C Ionian Scale is a combination of the Cmaj tetrachord and the Gmaj tetrachord separated by a major second (2).

C ionian scale in terms of tetrachords

 

G Mixolydian Scale

The G Mixolydian Scale is a combination of the Gmaj tetrachord and the Dmin tetrachord separated by a major second (2). The upper Gmaj tetrachord of the C ionian scale becomes the lower tetrachord of the G mixolydian scale.

G mixolydian scale in terms of tetrachords

 

D Dorian Scale

The D Dorian Scale is a combination of the Dmin tetrachord and the Amin tetrachord separated by a major second (2). The upper Dmin tetrachord of the G mixolydian scale becomes the lower tetrachord of the D dorian scale.

D dorian scale in terms of tetrachords

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Diatonic seventh chords on different string sets

Another Keynote presentation illustrating chord- and scale diagrams created with the fonts Chords VI and Scales VI. No images or shapes were used.

Create diatonic seventh chords in a major scale by shifting the root of each seventh chord up a diatonic second. Build chords with the same inversions on string sets 1234, 2345 and 3456.

Major Scale | Diatonic seventh chords on different string sets

 

 

Major Scale | Diatonic Chords & Arpeggios

Another Keynote presentation illustrating guitar diagrams created with the fonts Chords and Scales. No images or shapes were used. 

Build diatonic seventh chords and arpeggios in a major scale by just shifting the root of each seventh chord and arpeggio up a diatonic second. 

Major Scale | Diatonic Chords & Arpeggios

Layered Neck Diagrams | Sneak Peek

New Font Styles | Chords Dot · Scales Dot

Today I want to show you in a short video the upcoming new font styles Chords Dot and Scales Dot complementing the font families Chords and Scales. With this upgrade you are enabled to create layered neck diagrams in Mac OS X and iOS in any combination:

  • scales – scales
  • scales – arpeggios
  • scales – chords
  • chords – chords
  • chords – arpeggios

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Create powerful web presentations without the hassle of importing fretboard images or pdf-files from other applications. Only fonts are used in this video – no images. The chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams are written within Apple Pages resp. Keynote taking advantage of the features these applications offer. 

 

Chords and Scales Library

By now the Chords and Scales library coming with fonts for neck diagrams includes about 10.000 chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams for guitar, not to mention your custom neck diagrams. All these diagrams can be used with the new font styles Chords Dot and Scales Dot as well. 

Please note that Chords Dot and Scales Dot will be free upgrades for existing customers. Stay tuned!

Ionian Scales | Chords | Arpeggios

Use this Pages document as a source for comparing guitar diagrams for ionian scales, major pentatonic scales, maj7 arpeggios, maj7 chords and major triads in different fret positions. Feel free to copy and print sections for your students, modify the guitar chords as required. For Mac OS X as well as iPad and iPhone.

Note: Fonts for neck diagrams need to be installed on your device to display the diagrams!

Major scales chords arpeggios

 

  • ionian scale diagrams in all keys arranged in the circle of fifths
  • major pentatonic scales
  • maj7 arpeggios
  • maj7 chords
  • maj triads
  • 18 pages
  • 390 scale, chord and arpeggio guitar fretboard diagrams
  • A4 · US letter
  • Mac OS X and iOS
  • requirements: Scales font family · Chords font family · Apple Pages

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