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October 10, 2012 | Half Diminishing Returns. Minor7b5 chords

For those who have had formal music theory training, a 7th chord based on the 7th scale degree of a major scale is known as a half diminished chord. It's the same chord you'd find on the 2nd scale degree of a minor scale, but in jazz we have a different label for it, the minor 7th chord with a flatted 5th, otherwise known in shorthand as m7b5.

It's an important chord in the world of jazz, one that "prepares" for the Dominant 7th chord frequently. (Dominant prep, for the theory enthusiast.) Since we don't see it often in folk or bluegrass, it's not one every mandolinist has at the fingertips. We addressed this a little over three years ago in a couple of Tips and Tricks articles and wanted to pay a return visit.

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We looked at a few from some industry professionals and introduced them in this archive article below. Enjoy!:
More m7b5 from the Pros

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Posted by Ted at October 10, 2012 5:09 AM


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