Chords – A Guide

Check out the selection of chords and their symbols below,

including the 4 main 7th chords as used in the

“Great Masters” chord sequence.

All the chords are written out with C as their root note for easy cross—reference.

The 4 main 7th chords are :-

Major seventh (Maj7, ∆, M7)

Dominant seventh (7)

Minor seventh (m7)

Minor seventh, flattened fifth, (m7b5, ø) (or half-diminished)


Further chords includes-

Diminished (dim, o ) …………………………………………………. constructed with minor 3rds only.

Diminished seventh (dim7,  ο7, or ο) ……………………………… constructed with minor 3rds only.

Augmented (aug, +) ………………………………………………….. constructed with major 3rds only.

In notation they are :-

Another commonly used chord is :-

Sixth (6) The sixth above the root is added

The chord of the sixth appears in many jazz tunes, and there are many others we won’t touch on for now in this series.

These other chords are not mentioned for now for one simple reason -— basic chord movement in jazz revolves around the 4

main types of 7th chord used in the “Great Masters” chord sequence.

Familiarisation with them is essential before

any further study is undertaken.

Put simply — for       Dm11   G7b9   C6/9

play     Dm7     G7       CMaj7

and wait for Jazz Beginnings II for harmonic additives, funky rhythms, polytonality and advice on playing jazz

whilst retaining your sanity!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *