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Music Theory 6: Seventh and Suspended Chords

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Diminished 7 Chord

    • 3. Suspended 4 Chord

    • 4. Minor Major 7 Chord

    • 5. Suspended 2 Chord

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About This Class

This the class number 6 in the Music Theory Series. In this class you will learn the structure of 4 important chords:

- Minor major seventh chord

- Diminished seventh chord

- Suspended 4 chord

- Suspended 2 chord

These chords are important to learn, not only how their structure but how they must be written in order to be able to play them if we find them in any song that we want to play.

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Ilse Lozoya

Music teacher and Online Educator



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My name is Ilse Lozoya I am a pianist and educator, I love to teach online because I can share about music, piano, and education with student around the globe and I think this a wonderful thing in our days.

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1. Introduction: Hi. Welcome to this class. This is the number six class in the music theory. Seems my name is Elsa Lasorda. I'm a music teacher and I'm going to be your instructor in this class in this class, we're going to analyze and understand four very important cords. Maybe you are not that familiar with this kind of court, but it's really important for you to know. Especially suspended for and suspended. Two are very common in many pop songs. So if you want to and rich your knowledge, your music knowledge and improved you're playing, it's a very great DF to go over this quartz and learn how they are constructed in teas that you'll find this court's in any song that you would like to play. Thank you for letting me be part off your mystical experience and welcome 2. Diminished 7 Chord: and this last one, we're going to other lives and understand how this new court is built and in this case is going to be the diminished seventh course. In the last class, we learned the half diminished court. Well, now is the diminished cork. And to understand the difference, it's a diminished court. You have to begin with that I'm going to play the route, then the B flat, the e flat. I'm sure e b flat because it just deserves and then the g flat. By this, I can see that because this is a diminished court you need to have from the root to third one step and 1/2 and from the third to the fifth, you need to have another one step and 1/2. So basically, this is a diminished court and the seventh that you're going to need to be one step and 1/2 from the fifth. So it's going to be a beat double flat. This the beatable flat. It's going to be played in the same key, then the a note. But theoretically, it's important to be a double flat, beatable flat, not d a note, because think about us on E. A note because it is work is going to be played, and it's kind of practical. But theoretically, you need to know that this is a double flat, beatable flat, not the a note. So it's important for you to understand the structure and learned this. This is how it sounds and now learn to construct this court. Considering the structure from any note, he doesn't matter that you see or less common f sharp B flat, a flat, whatever. Any any note, you need to know how to construct and build this court in case that you need to play this in the future. How is going to be returned? Well, that this is it your weight. So does the seat, which is a route off the court and then seven. That muse diminished. Seven. This two ways you can find a core of returning this two ways, and I really recommend you to go on. Try to right this by yourself, and you can check if from the distance is written on this chart are correct. So it's important for you to always go by yourself and make sure that what you understanding, understanding why and the distances are correct. And so there's no better way that you to write this down by yourself and then compared your results with this chart. 3. Suspended 4 Chord: in this lesson, we are going to learn this new court call suspended for what? Is this a spend of court? What we need to know is that first, this is pending court. It's the court that does not have. Yes, sir. And actually the suspended four court. It's very popular where I'm playing right now so you can recognize this as I'm playing the suspended floor, then a major court. This is a major just bend a just a very popular court, very used, mean pop songs. So if you like this kind of music, it's a good idea to learn this court. And actually it's not. It's not difficult to learn this. A tree notes court and it does not have the third. So dont ask the fourth. I want to explain this 14 om 50. So I going to play the sea. This is going to be the route. Then I'm going to add the fourth and you need to have two steps at 1/2 from the route to the fourth and then you're going to ask the first. This is the 50 and you need to have three steps and 1/2 from the route to the third, or you can see that you have from the fourth to the 5th 1 step there. This is their suspended for, so you can choose the way that you can recognize that construct this court and how you're going to find this while George is going to add the letter off the route. The note and then you write assists for C sues Fourth, this is C suspended for no. Go on, try to write down all by yourself. Here is the chart with all the courts, so just try to write down this and try to play them. If you're already playing an instrument and then check juris ALS, would this chart? It's really important to go at your own pace and try to start playing and writing down all the quartz that you have just learned in this class. Not only this one, and then you can combine suspended four suspended two and other course that you have just learned, and that's going to help you go at your own pace and try to go that by stick, understanding the structures and then do ask many exercises as you think Junior 4. Minor Major 7 Chord: Let's learn this Very interesting and common. It's actually more command that what you will think This court, this court is the minor major seven. Maybe you can say, Well, what's this? Is this a minor or major court? Sounds kind of weird. Well, I'm going to explain this to you. This court which sounds is this one Go has a kind of spooky sound, but it's very interesting because the first time that I learned this court, I learned that I have heard this several times through my life, sometimes in cartoons, on moments kind of spooky, But I want to explain the structure to you. Well, this is basically this is a minor court, but you construct the minor course and you're going to ask the major seventh note, the major seventh is the seventh that is going to be on Lee 1/2 step from the octave. So in this case, as you can see, you have Well, we have C e flat G and be the being known. This is that natural? Be on its on, Lee, How step from the octave. So this is what gives us this special sensation when we hear this court and it's important to know if it's not that common. But actually, we have heard this many times in soundtracks, and maybe it's not that common when you play a song, but it's good to know, to understand, in case that you need to play this so we need to have from the because this is a minor core . We need one step and 1/2 from the root to third, then two steps from the third to the fifth and from the fifth to the seventh. Do you have to choices? You have two steps or you can just go to the seventh and play the 7th 1 step now house stepping. Sorry. Help Step from the octave. And this is going to be the my minor major seventh court. How is reach in? Well, this how would you can find this? Actually, you can find this Or actually you can find on Lee the M C M and then the capital M plus the seven number seven. Just remember this a miner's court, which you asked this my major seventh note is going to be half step from the architect. Well, now I really recommend you to go and try to right this by yourself. Go on, write down all the minor major seventh courts and then you can compare your souls with this chart. Remember to sound. Sounds kind of spooky for me, it iss And when I learned this court now ah, I realized that I have Bean listen in this chord for many years and cartoons and sound Jackson and many, many musical pieces. Well, enjoy the sound because I really liked his court and memorize the structure and try to do this by yourself. 5. Suspended 2 Chord: in this lesson. I want you show you how to construct and understand a very common on useful court that is cool. Suspended to court. Maybe you have heard this. This is a suspended to court. Well, what is this? Let me explain this. Did you? This is the way that you must right? The suspended to court. You just ride the Sousse too, corn. And what this means is that when a court is suspended, it means that it does not have. Yes, sir. So the suspended court means you don't have any third to the court just after the second. Instead, let's analyze the structure. Remember, Sues to court is going to eat one too. I'm five. You have the route in this case to see note Then do you ask the second? But remember that thing Terrible. Must have Want step So you need to have one step from C to D. And then you have the fifth in this case the Gino and you need to have from go see to the G note. Three steps and 1/2. This is very important that you must learn that this'll is how it sounds on the way straighten is the letter off the note of the court, the route, and then you add Sousse a number two. I recommend you to go on, try to find all the Jews to courts the suspended court by yourself. Then you can check your results with this sheet. That's the way this this court sounds and it's very popular and very common when you play pop songs. So I really recommend you to go on, try this in your instrument.