The Minor 7 Chord

The more serious relative of the regular 7 chord

Here are ways you will see this notated as symbols:

  • Xm7
  • X-7

Xm7 is most common most clear.

Take a regular 7 chord, then change 3 to b3. There is close to zero problem with spelling, and frankly I don’t know why. There are variant spellings of the regular 7 chord, but generally not for this one. It may be that the spelling is more stable because it is not normally used as a modulating chord.

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Minor 7 Chord and Modes


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