Miniseries #004 - 05 Take this Hammer + 7th Chords and Backup Discussions V

Monday, May 11, 2009


Miniseries #004, Take this Hammer + 7th Chords and Backup Discussions V



Hi Everyone,

Lets look into the seventh chord even further, but first, let me say that a chord inversion is playing the notes of chords in different ways. By different ways I mean in different spots on the fingerboard. If we look at the twelve notes in music, and look at the banjos' fingerboard, we will see that we can hit any of the twelve notes at different locations on the fingerboard. This is important as we look at chord inversions and a deeper look at the seventh chord.

While using the four note seventh chord (1 3 5 7b) in the fourth, third and second string positions, we can get the sound of the four notes by playing patterns with the "three" fingers of our right hand. Although we are not using a pinch or vamp lets say....we can still get the full sound using patterns over the four note chords.

1 3 5 7b they are the degrees of the major scale that outline the seventh chord....we can also get the sound of the seventh chord using two notes from the four....those notes are the 3 and the 7b. We can find the 3rd and flatted 7th all along the fingerboard of the banjo to create two note chords ( double stops) to get the sound of the seventh chord without even using the 1 (root) or the 5.

Rock On

David

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