CHORD NAME FINDER

MINOR CHORDS

Sad and a little dark they sound
the minor group of harmonies,
their musical purpose is profound,
from country songs to symphonies.

Explanation of Table Colors:


xyz Chord Tones: 1 = tonic, 2 = 2nd, b3 = Minor 3rd etc
xyz Basic Chord Tone: ie 2-3 = must be part of a 2 or 3 note chord
xyz Alternate Basic Chord Tone: ie 4-5 = can be part of a 4 or 5 note chord.
xyz Added Tension: ie 5-6 = appears in 5 or 6 note harmonies.
xyz Rarely Added Tension: creates clash or negates basic chord purpose.

PLEASE NOTE: All examples are based on the bass/root note "F".

Voicings are mainly in close position but can of course be used in many different ways.

Audio plays chords from left to right, once arpeggiated without bass note and then as written.


MINOR 7th CHORDS:
Minimum notes required for identification of plain minor sound: 2 | maximum up to (6) 7.
The 13th is usable but masks the true purpose of the minor 7th chord.
Chord Symbol variations used: Most common is a small "m" (Fm), sometimes "min" (Fmin). I'm not in favour of using the minus (-) as it is confusing.
Scale for Impro: Dorian, Phrygian & Aeolian.
CHORD TONES   chordArrow
1b35b7 91113
2-3 2-3 3 4 5 5-6 7
Major Chords NamingTable

MINOR 6th CHORDS:
Minimum notes required for identification of sound: 3 | maximum up to 7.
Chord Symbol variations used: Same as minor 7th - m6 or min6. Again, don't use the minus sign!
Scale for Impro: Melodic Minor Scale
CHORD TONES   chordArrow
1b3 5 6 7911
3 3 4 3 4-5 5-6 6-7
Major Chords NamingTable

AUGMENTED MINOR CHORDS:
Minimum notes required for identification of sound: 3 | maximum up to 6.
Chord Symbol variations used: Same as minor 7th - m(#5) m7(#5) or min7(#5) .
Scale for Impro: Aeolian Scale (avoid using the natural 5th)
CHORD TONES   chordArrow
1b3#5b7 911
3 3 3 4 5-6 6-7
Major Chords NamingTable

If you KNOW major and melodic minor scales,
the info on this page will be easy to understand.

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