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Adding Extensions to Diatonic 7th Chords: V, vi & vii Chord

Mike Salow 210 lessons

Now onto our final three chords!

Starting with the V chord.

The V chord also has no avoid notes, although, some people might avoid the 11 because it creates a tritone between the 11 and 7 but plenty of people include the 11.

The V chords matching is mixolydian which is as follows:

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - b7 

Extensions - 9, 11, & 13

Avoid notes - none


The vi chords matching mode is aeolian.

1 - 2 - b3 - 4 - 5 - b6 - b7

The 9 and 11 work great but the b13 is a half step above a chord tone.

Extensions - 9 and 11

Avoid notes - b13


Our last chord, the vii chord, is tricky.

It is physically hard to add extensions to a minor7b5 chord on guitar but, in theory, you could add an 11 or b13, which does give it an interesting sound if you can pull it off.

In most situations a guitarist will not add extentions to a minor7b5 chord, this is why I've not included shapes for it.

Extensions - 11 & b13 (if you dare)

Avoid notes - b9

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