Seventh Chords For Minor Keys

In this lesson we will continue our study of chord progressions by learning the Seventh Chords that work within a Minor Key.

Just like in the minor key studies using basic triads we will have 3 scale types to choose our chords from.

If you haven't checked out all the other chord progression studies here on the site, from basic chord progression theory, Seventh Chords in major keys, or even your basic understanding of keys, you should do a search on those topics here on the site now so you can catch up. Otherwise it will seem like this lesson is just leaving out a bunch about how this stuff is all created, but that was covered in earlier lessons.

Part two of this lesson series will once again be a video lesson showing how to apply some minor key chord progressions to the guitar using Seventh Chords.

As in the other chord progression videos, the chord forms that I will be using will just be from the CAGED Sequence studies that we have already done with Seventh Chords here on the site. Once again, if you don't know them just do a search on Seventh Chords.

Here is the tutorial PDF for this lesson.

Seventh Chords In Minor Keys PDF

This will be the last of the chord progression theory lessons for a while, so we can take a look at some more playing techniques. 🙂

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  1. Thomas Heijdeman on July 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Carl

    May i ask what the difference is between dominant 7 chords and major 7 chords.

    • Carl Brown on July 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      Sure, the Dominant 7th chord contains a major triad with a minor 7th and the Major 7th chord contains a Major triad with a Major 7th. 🙂

  2. Alex on March 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you very much!
    Huh.. very complicated chord names 😀

  3. Narcis Alexandru on May 17, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Hello Carl,

    I have a question regarding some chord notations. For example, in the A Minor Harmonic scale there is C Major Seventh #5 and B Minor Seventh b5. What do the #5 and b5 stand for?
    The lessons are incredibly helpful and explicit, I am glad to have you as a guitar teacher.

    Best regards,


  4. CrossRhoades on August 12, 2017 at 10:50 am

    How do you play a #5 chord? I could not find it in the CAGED system lesson.

    • Carl Brown on August 13, 2017 at 11:29 am

      If you can spell chords, just find the 5th degree of each chord in the voicing your are playing and move it up one fret.

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