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Particularly useful as an etude to practice singing diminished 7 chords. Also useful to hear each inversion in context.


I was hanging around in a scary minor key
Searching for V7 of V
When I heard a chord that really frightened me
... made me think I'd never survive.
So I hid by a iv, but it jumped out behind me
I turned around all ready to fight
Then I saw what it was - a viiº43
Then my fears began to subside.

So if you ever hear a stack of minor thirds
Try to be enlightened.
If you learn to recognize it and describe it with words
Then you won't be frightened.

You can tell from the bass what inversion your hearing
Even though each third is the same..
Just remember the key and the chord that you're nearing
That will help you give a name to each lovely, symmetrical
Stack of minor thirds
When the bass says "Ti" - viiº7
When the bass says "Re" - viiº65
When the bass says "Fa" - viiº43
When the bass says "Le" - viiº42



from The Well Trained Ear: songs to strengthen aural skills, released May 20, 2019
David Newman - Voice, Piano
Sam Suggs - Acoustic Bass
Jacob Rozmajzl - Drums

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Maggie Hallauer
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David Newman Harrisonburg, Virginia

Educational Songwriter, Classical Singer, Digital Creator and Innovator, Science Geek and Music Nerd.

Music Theory and Voice Faculty at James Madison University.

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