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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Seventh Chord Harmony in the Minor Scale

Seventh chord harmony in the minor scale involves adding a seventh to each triad present in the minor scale. The sevenths for the natural minor scale are the same as those present in the relative major scale. Experience in dealing with seventh chord harmony in the major scale will be fruitful here because, as I mentioned before, the difference between the two systems is one of emphasis—where the tonic chord is placed.

With regard to the entire minor key system—embracing natural, harmonic, and melodic minor scales—the principles of seventh chord harmony become more complex because there are more triads to be extended through the addition of a seventh. Within the minor scale complex as a whole, the main ...

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