Diatonic Seventh Chords


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chord symbol and roman numeral analysis

Starting with a C major scale:

we are going to build a seventh chord on each scale note:

diatonic 7ths C

These are the diatonic 7th chords in the key of C major. Each has a:
root - 3rd - 5th -7th
They only use notes in the key signature - no added sharps or flats.

Here are the same diatonic 7th chords in the key of C major - this time in the 1st inversion:

diatonic 7ths 1st inversion

Here are the same diatonic 7th chords in the key of C major - this time in the 2nd inversion:

diatonic 7ths 2nd inversion

Here are the same diatonic 7th chords in the key of C major - this time in the 3rd inversion:

diatonic 7ths 3rd inversion

What do the chord symbols mean?

Cmaj7

the C means it's a major chord - C is the root
the maj7 means the 7th is a maj7


C7

the C means it's a major chord - C is the root
the 7 means the 7th is a minor7


Cm7

the Cm means it's a minor chord - C is the root
the 7 means the 7th is a minor7


Chalfdim7

the means it's a diminished chord - C is the root
the ø also means the 7th is a min7 (making the chord only1/2 diminished)


Cm7b5

the Cm means it's a minor chord - C is the root,
the 7 means the 7th is a min7 - the b5 means the 5th (G) is flat


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Below are the Diatonic Seventh Chords in all of the major keys.

dianonic 7hs
diatonic 7ths more


7th chords - chord inversions - sus chords

extended chords - diatonic triads - diatonic 7th chords

primary chords - secondary chords - secondary dominants


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