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Improvising Using Major Triads Plus Flat Seventh MEMBER LESSON
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Improvising Using Major Triads Plus Flat Seventh

by Curt Sheller, Curt Sheller Publications

Building on the Major Triad Arpeggios - Plus One for Creating Melodic Solos lesson you can add a b7 to a major triad for a 4-part Seventh chord.

With chord tones, the notes of a chord playing a predominant role in writing melodies and in improvised melodies. The triad plus one additional note is a great melodic device for creating melodies - either written or improvised.

A triad contains three notes.

For a major triad these notes are the first, third and fifth (1 3 5) of it's corresponding major scale with the same root.

For C major the notes are C E G. By adding the flat seventh (b7), Bb you have created a C7 chord for C E G Bb. This is a 4-part chord, often referred to as a Dominant Seventh chord.

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