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EMT Lesson Three  How to create and play chords

Adding the 7th – the Major 7th chord

Figure 8. Scale of A major   (Enlarge)

Figure 8. Scale of A major

Using the A major as an example: an A major triad is constructed by taking the first, third and fifth notes of the scale. This creates the chord of A major. In four part harmony the seventh note of the scale is added to the triad of A major [(1, 3, 5) + (7)].

Adding the seventh produces the new chord of Amajor7. It consists of the following notes from the scale:

Figure 9. Adding the 7th scale note to the major chord   (Enlarge)

Figure 9. Adding the 7th scale note to the major chord

A chord constructed with the first, third, fifth and seventh notes of the scale is called a ‘major 7th’. In the case of the scale of A, the chord is written as: Amaj7.

It is worth noting that the seventh note of a scale is called a ‘major 7th’.

Next: Adding the flattened 7th – the Minor 7th chord