Minor 7th Flat 5 Chords (Guitar Lesson)


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Brendan Burns

Minor 7th Flat 5 Chords

In the final installment of his Jazz Chord Voicings series, Brendan discusses and demonstrates the minor 7 flat 5 chord voicings.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Jazz Guitar with Brendan Burns seriesLength: 12:54Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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stevedowns80stevedowns80 replied on March 6th, 2013

Great series! I have been practicing these different grips now for a few weeks and they are getting to be part of my playing. Thanks.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on March 15th, 2013

Good to hear! These ones were really difficult for me. Keep it going!

mcaron00mcaron00 replied on October 31st, 2011

As I'm getting to the end of this series, I find that the 1st two lessons are starting to sink in better. Even though I learned the details, it takes a while for me to just play some grips without having to think about it previously. Strangely enough, I find that my single note soloing has improved with these lessons, more than anything else. This is because I'm starting to see these grips from the lead note perspective, which is really useful.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on November 1st, 2011

This is so great to hear! Keep rockin' it!

neudeggneudegg replied on August 19th, 2011

Really helpful mini-series and simply explained. If only I had sufficient practice time to get it deeply embedded. Look forward to more in the series. David (England)

Jazz Guitar with Brendan Burns

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Brendan Burns breaks down jazz styling and chord voicings for lead ideas and comping.



Lesson 1

Dominant 7th Chords

Brendan Burns discusses drop two voicings. Then, he explains how to explain dominant seventh voicings on strings 4, 3, 2, and 1.

Length: 24:11 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Minor 7th Chords

Brendan Burns discusses the minor 7th chord voicings on strings 4, 3, 2, and 1. To form a minor seventh chord, simply flat the third of its dominant seventh counterpart.

Length: 15:07 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Major 7th Chords

Brendan adds to his jazz chord voicings series with a discussion of major 7th chords.

Length: 24:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Minor 7th Flat 5 Chords

In the final installment of his Jazz Chord Voicings series, Brendan discusses and demonstrates the minor 7 flat 5 chord voicings.

Length: 12:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About Brendan Burns View Full Biography Brendan has been passionate about music since childhood. He began his studies on trumpet, in elementary school, and then moved to guitar as a teenager. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Berklee College of Music, and has studied with Norm Zocher, Joe Stump, Bret Willmott, Bob Pilkington, Jay Weik, Tim Miller, & Charlie Banacos.

While at Berklee, Brendan was a member of the Music Mentoring Program, teaching private lessons to gifted high school students. He is currently teaches, and is chair of the guitar department at Brookline Music School. Brendan also teaches guitar for Tune Foolery & privately at his home in Cambridge, MA.

Along with educating, Brendan plays out often as a Solo Guitarist, performing standards, pop, and classical repertoire. He has recorded and played with the chamber-fusion band Ra Quintent, and as well as Vessela Stoyanova's Eastern Stories Under Western Skies Project. Brendan also performs as a leader, director and sideman for various Boston art-rock projects, and is former member of MIT's Gamelan Galak Tika.

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