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Jazz Piano Introduction – Five Chord Qualities
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The Five Chord Qualities
From the previous exercises (scale tone sevenths) we can see that there are four naturally occurring “chord qualities” within a major scale. These are:
- Major 7th
- Dominant 7th
- Minor 7th
- Half-diminished (often called “minor 7, b5)
In addition there is another chord quality which does not occur naturally:
Diminished 7th - made up of 3 sets of minor 3rds (1,b3,b5, double b7 (or 6))
Note! These 5 chord qualities can be build upon any degree of the scale
Practise the exercise below to become thoroughly familiar with each chord quality in both hands.
Practise the five chord qualities in all twelve keys.