Minor Key Chord Progressions Using Sevenths

This is the video lesson to accompany the PDF tutorial we studied on Seventh Chords for minor keys.

This video basically consists of a long chord progression in a minor key using chords from all 3 minor scale types. I use only chord forms we learned in our Seventh Chord studies with the CAGED Sequence that we already covered here on the site. If you haven't taken a look at all of those Seventh Chord studies, now would be a good time to do a search on them and download all of the materials while watching the videos.

Take your time and experiment with these minor key progressions and I think you will find some very exciting sounds within them. Also, don't think that just because we worked on triads alone and Seventh Chords alone that you can't use both in a chord progression. In fact, the more you can mix it up the more unpredictable your chord progressions will sound.

The number one rule is always KEEP IT MUSICAL... I know that means different things to different people, but what I am basically saying is if you go overboard with how much you mix things up in your chord progression, you might get a very original sound but it might not be that musical either. But, that is up to your own personal taste. 😀

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Minor Key Chord Progressions Using Sevenths


  1. mike on March 30, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Like to know more thanks

  2. Chad Andrews on March 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I have a question about the ” I seventh chord” with harmonic minor. Lets take EM. Since the chord is minor but the 7th is a D# would that be a “minor major chord?” Thanks for your efforts to make theory for guitar more understandable.

    • Carl Brown on March 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Hey Chad, yes the one chord in harmonic minor is a minor/Major 7th chord. However, it is usually not used very often due to it’s dissonance.

      Most of time you would use a standard minor seventh chord and just make sure that you don’t use the raised seventh scale degree in the melody while the i chord is being played in the progression. 🙂

      Cheers! Carl..

  3. Pan on December 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    This is exactly the stuff I’ve been looking to learn. I love the dissonance! Thank you so much.

  4. Jacob Rhoades on August 6, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Hey, Carl!

    So can I hop around playing chords from the natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor in a key and it would work? Instead of playing a minor 7th can I play a minor 7th flat five just because I can?

    • Carl Brown on August 7, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Yes you can freely mix the chords from those three minor scale types and they are all still considered to be from the same minor key.. So the chords from A natural minor, A harmonic minor and A melodic minor can all be used to create an A minor chord progression

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