Ear Training: 7th Chords


Learning Goal: To recognize the unique sound-feeling of the five most commonly-used seventh chords: major 7, minor 7, diminished 7, dominant 7, and half-diminished 7.

This downloadable study consists of dozens of MP3s compressed into a single *.zip file. Simply download, unzip, create a playlist, set to random play, and do ear training on the run!

Each mp3 follows the same sequence:

  1. A random 7th chord is played.
  2. Identify it by type: major 7, minor 7, diminished 7, dominant 7, half-diminished 7
  3. After a short pause, the correct answer is given.

Listen to an example:

As you do these, keep the following in mind:

  • Unlike absolute pitch, relative pitch does not require any special talent. Relative pitch awareness is a learnable skill, available to anyone who studies and practices the right way.
  • Successful ear training is not the fruit of trying to hear something. It is about being receptive to the sound/feeling you are experiencing and then associating that sound/feeling with something you already know–in this case the names of the 7th chords!

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