Minor 7th Chords

m7

Minor 7th Chords are represented as m7 or -7, with m7 being the most popular... the 7th note is a minor 7th above the root note or tonic.

  • The chord is in essence a Minor Minor 7th chord - a minor chord with an added minor 7th. This in in contrast to a Minor Major 7th chord - a minor chord with an added major 7th.
  • Minor 7th chord: root - minor 3rd - perfect 5th - minor 7th
  • Chord formula: 1 - ♭3 - 5 - ♭7
  • We calculate the notes of a chord from the Major Scale of that particular chord, e.g., the notes of a Gm7 chord are derived from the G Major Scale, the notes of a Cm7 chord are derived from the C Major Scale etc. In the following example, we will calculate the notes of a Bm7 chord:
Chord Name + (other less-common names) Bm7 ( B min7, B-7)
B Major Scale (B chords are derived from the B Major Scale) B - C# - D# - E - F# - G# - A# - B
Chord Formula for all m7 chords 1 - ♭3 - 5 - ♭7
Chord Notes (after applying the formula to the Scale) B - D - F# - A
Chord notes on the Treble Clef Bm7 chord

Here are some more examples for calculating the notes of a minor 7 chord:

Chord Major Scale Chord Notes: 1 - ♭3 - 5 - ♭7
F#m F# - G# - A# - B - C# - D# - E# - F# F# - A - C# - E
Dm D - E - F# - G - A - B - C# - D D - F - A - C
Fm F - G - A - B♭ - C - D - E - F F - A♭ - C - E♭
Gm G - A - B - C - D - E - F# - G G - B♭ - D - F
Am A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G - A A - C - E - G

Minor 7th Chords Table
m 7 A A#/B♭ B C C#/D♭ D D#/E♭ E F F#/G♭ G G#/A♭
Root A A#/B♭ B C C#/D♭ D D#/E♭ E F F#/G♭ G G#/A♭
Minor 3rd C C#/D♭ D E♭ E/F♭ F F#/G♭ G A♭ A/B♭♭ B♭ B/C♭
Perfect 5th E E#/F F# G G#/A♭ A A#/B♭ B C C#/D♭ D D#/E♭
Minor 7th G G#/A♭ A B♭ B/C♭ C C#/D♭ D E♭ E/F♭ F F#/G♭

Minor 7th Chords - Right Handers

Minor 7th Chords - Left Handers

Practice Songs using Minor 7 chords

When you learn new chords, it is always a good idea to put them into practice. We have included some songs which are suitable for beginners and are all fairly easy to play.
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