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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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21. Chords of the Seventh

The purpose of this chapter is to further your ability to produce effective and awe-inspiring harmonies. So far in this book, we have considered only triadic harmony—which centers mostly around the use of major and minor common chords—in any detail. Once you come to grips with this, it won’t be long before you want to start spicing up your harmonies with more complex chords. At this point, the study of harmony starts to get really interesting, involving the use of more sophisticated chords of the seventh, added sixth, ninth, suspended fourth chords, and so on. In this chapter, we’ll do an initial study of seventh chords, along with how they are constructed, used, and represented in popular song format.

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