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harmony: Minor

C Minor7

Main minor 7 chord shapes

C minor 7 guitar chords

Scale intervals: 1 – 3b – 5 – 7b

  • Notes in the chord: C – D# – G – A#
  • Various names: Cm7 – Cmin7 – C minor 7

In the case where the third note is a major third above the root, it is instead called a dominant seventh chord.

Any scale that contains all the chord tones of a chord can be used for improvisation over that chord.
The following scales contain all the Minor chord tones (1,3b,5,7b)
  • Aeolian scale - Intervals: 1,2,3b,4,5,6b,7b
  • Blues scale - Intervals: 1,3b,4,4#,5,7b
  • Dorian scale - Intervals: 1,2,3b,4,5,6,7b
  • Dorian b9 scale - Intervals: 1,2b,3b,4,5,6,7b
  • Minor Pentatonic scale - Intervals: 1,3b,4,5,7b
  • Octatonic - dominant mode scale - Intervals: 1,2b,3b,3,5b,5,6,7b
  • Phrygian scale - Intervals: 1,2b,3b,4,5,6b,7b
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