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EMT Lesson Three  How to create and play chords

Adding the flattened 7th – the Minor 7th chord

Similarly, a chord can be built on the second note of the scale (B) using four part harmony.

Figure 10. Building a chord on the second note (B) of the scale   (Enlarge)

Figure 10. Building a chord on the second note (B) of the scale

Remember that the scale is continuous. In other words, once you get to the A (which is the 8th/octave note) of the scale you continue to B and so on. This way you can continue to harmonise in thirds on each note of the scale beyond the seventh note.

In the case of B, take notes two, four, six and eight. This gives the chord notes:

B, D, F#, A

The interval between B to D is three semitones which is a minor third. The interval between B and F# is a perfect fifth.

Figure 11. The intervals between the four notes of the chord starting on B   (Enlarge)

Figure 11. The intervals between the four notes of the chord starting on B

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