Piano Chords - Minor Seventh Chords - How To Figure out Minor 7th Chords on a Piano
Take some piano lessons from Scott Houston “The Piano Guy.” In this video, Scott shows you how to figure out the notes in a Minor Seventh Chord on a piano, keyboard or organ.
Houston simply wants to help you teach yourself piano skills to get you having some fun at a piano as quickly as possible. He has had many folks ask him how to figure out what notes comprise a particular chord. Today, he will share his easy method with you.
In order to figure out the notes for any minor seventh chord, it’s important to realize that a piano half step (½ step) is the closest distance between any 2 keys. Piano half steps usually occur between a white to a black or a black to a white key. Once in a while, a half step can be from a white key to another white key.
Here’s how to figure out, step by step, which notes comprise a particular minor 7th chord. By working through two examples (C min 7 and a F# min 7 chord) you will learn the pattern to be able to figure out which notes comprise any minor 7th chord on your own.
The formula to use to figure out the notes that comprise a 7th chord is: R-3–4-3.
In this formula, the “r” represents the “root” of the chord. The “root” is the note name. The numbers represent half steps counting from the root.
For example, to find a C min 7 (C minor 7th chord) you will start on the root (C). Count up 3 half steps to (Eb) and count up 4 more half steps to (G ) and finally 3 more half steps to (Bb). So, a C min 7 chord is comprised of a C, Eb, G and Bb.
Again, to find a F# min 7 (F sharp minor 7th chord) you will start on the root (F#). Count up 3 half steps to (A) and count 4 more half steps to (C#) and finally 3 more half steps to (E). So again, a F#m chord is composed of an F#, A, C# and E.
The Piano Guy also includes a link to access a free chord chart that you can print out as a handy chord chart guide.
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Piano Chords - Minor 7th Chords - How To Figure Them out on a Piano