Music Theory Lesson

min7 vs m(maj7) Tones

Difficulty: beginner

By: Nate Dean

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min7 chords are constructed with the 1st, b3rd, 5th, and b7th notes of the major scale.

m(maj7) (minor major seventh) chords are constructed with the 1st, b3rd, 5th, and 7th notes of the major scale.

m(maj7) is an uncommon and strange-sounding chord, but helpful to study for theoretical purposes, and a nice specialty tool for your harmonic tool belt.

R5b7b35R5b7b35

This common Amin7 chord shape is constructed of 1 (R for root), b3, 5, and b7.