Five Essential Seventh Chords

Learn to play lead sheets faster than any other method.

Lesson Description

There are five types of seventh chords that make up the chord progressions to most tunes. Learn these and you will be able to play the chords to virtually any tune.

This method streamlines the process of learning the chords by starting with the first, third, fifth and seventh notes of the major scale and then adjusting these notes by half step to form the remaining chord types.

In this lesson you will learn how to read chord symbols and play the root position seventh chords to four tunes: "Solar," "Night and Day," "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise" and "There is No Greater Love."

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What do you need to know in order to get the most out of this lesson?

Moderate keyboard proficiency, ability to read bass and treble clef notation, play all 12 major scales.

If you need help achieving these prerequisites download the Major-scale-refresher.pdf

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5 Videos
2 Quizzes
1 Survey
3 Texts
1 Download
Bill Rinehart
Bill Rinehart

About your instructor

Bill did undergraduate work at the Berklee College of Music and holds the M.Mus. degree in Jazz Studies from the Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music where he studied with Ray Santisi and Charlie Banacos. Bill taught and played extensively around the Boston area for the better part of two decades appearing everywhere from the legendary Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge MA to a long stand at the Hampshire House on Beacon Hill in Boston before relocating to the Raleigh-Durham NC area where he teaches full-time on