Diatonic 4 Part Chords Omitting The 5th
The definition of diatonic is notes of a scale pertaining to a particular key. This also relates to chords and melodies derived from a particular key. In this lesson and video on diatonic 4 part chords omitting the 5th, I will be concentrating on diatonic 4 part chords omitting the fifth, in the key of G major, C major and F major. This video is a direct link to my other series four part chords omitting the fifth.
In a four part chord, there are notes that define the chord such as the 3rd and the 7th tone. The root and 5th of the chord are important but don’t define a major, minor or dominant quality to the chord. So when jazz players leave out the 5th of the chord which is very common, they still technically come up with a four part chord although they are only playing three notes. This may seem a bit confusing. Only playing three notes frees up the guitar players mobility on the guitar and allows the sound to be less rigid with more space between the notes. The example below will show you how to visualize the chords diatonic to the key of C major.
C D E F G A B notes in red make up a C major 7th chord no 5th D E F G A B C notes in red make up a D minor 7th chord no 5th E F G A B C D notes in red make up a E minor 7th chord no 5th F G A B C D E notes in red make up a F major 7th chord no 5th G A B C D E F notes in red make up a G dominant 7th chord no 5th A B C D E F G notes in red make up a A minor 7th chord no 5th B C D E F G A notes in red make up a B minor 7th b5 chord no 5th
As you can see all the notes that construct the chords are in the key of C major or Diatonic to the key of C major. In the video below I will demonstrate how to organize and play all of these chords in the key of G, C and F major up and down the length of the fret board. I also will have diagrams below in case you cannot see my fingerings in the video. As usual keep playing and enjoy.
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