seventh chord


Definition of seventh chord

: a chord comprising a fundamental tone with its third, fifth, and seventh

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Such enharmonic transfers often are incorporated into dominant-seventh chords, among the more unstable harmonies in traditional tonal practice., "Cantata Singers perform a heavenly masterpiece," 3 May 2018 An interesting approach to a tune that's kind of like a blues but with major seventh chords. Zach Schonfeld, Newsweek, "Steely Dan's 'Aja' at 40: The Inside Story of the Band's Most Legendary Guitar Solo," 24 Sep. 2017

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circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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