F-flat harmonic minor 7th chords

The Solution below shows the F-flat harmonic minor scale 7th chords, (i7, iiø7, III+7, iv7, V7, VI7, viio7) on a piano, with mp3 and midi audio.

The Lesson steps then explain the 7th chord construction from this scale, and how to name the quality of each chord based on note intervals.

For a quick summary of this topic, and to see the chord quality chart for this scale, have a look at Scale chord.

Solution - 7 parts

1. F-flat harmonic minor chord i7

This step shows the tonic 7th chord of the F-flat harmonic minor scale.

The F-flat harmonic minor chord i7 is the Fb min-maj 7 chord, and contains the notes Fb, Abb, Cb, and Eb.

This tonic 7th chords root / starting note is the 1st note (or scale degree) of the Fb harmonic minor scale.

The roman numeral for number 1 is 'i', and is used to indicate this is the 1st chord in the scale. Just like a minor chord, the minor-major 7th chord is constructed using a minor third interval, so the roman numeral is shown in lower case.

Chord names for F-flat harmonic minor chord 1
Root positionFb minor-major 7th chord in root positioniai7
1st inversionFb minor-major 7th chord in 1st inversionibi65
2nd inversionFb minor-major 7th chord in 2nd inversionici43
3rd inversionFb minor-major 7th chord in 3rd inversionidi2

2. F-flat harmonic minor chord iiø7

This step shows the supertonic 7th chord of the F-flat harmonic minor scale.

The F-flat harmonic minor chord iiø7 is the Gb half-dim7 chord, and contains the notes Gb, Bbb, Dbb, and Fb.

This supertonic 7th chords root / starting note is the 2nd note (or scale degree) of the Fb harmonic minor scale.

The roman numeral for number 2 is 'ii', and is used to indicate this is the 2nd chord in the scale. Just like a minor chord, the half-diminished 7th chord is constructed using a minor third interval, so the roman numeral is shown in lower case.

The half-diminished symbol 'ø' is placed after the roman numerals to indicate this is a half-diminished 7th chord.

Chord names for F-flat harmonic minor chord 2
Root positionGb half-diminished 7th chord in root positioniiøaiiø7
1st inversionGb half-diminished 7th chord in 1st inversioniiøbiiø65
2nd inversionGb half-diminished 7th chord in 2nd inversioniiøciiø43
3rd inversionGb half-diminished 7th chord in 3rd inversioniiødiiø2

3. F-flat harmonic minor chord III+7

This step shows the mediant 7th chord of the F-flat harmonic minor scale.

The F-flat harmonic minor chord III+7 is the Abb aug-maj 7 chord, and contains the notes Abb, Cb, Eb, and Gb.

This mediant 7th chords root / starting note is the 3rd note (or scale degree) of the Fb harmonic minor scale.

The roman numeral for number 3 is 'III', and is used to indicate this is the 3rd chord in the scale. Just like a major chord, the augmented-major 7th chord is constructed using a major third interval, so the roman numeral is shown in upper case.

Chord names for F-flat harmonic minor chord 3
Root positionAbb augmented-major 7th chord in root positionIII+aIII+7
1st inversionAbb augmented-major 7th chord in 1st inversionIII+bIII+65
2nd inversionAbb augmented-major 7th chord in 2nd inversionIII+cIII+43
3rd inversionAbb augmented-major 7th chord in 3rd inversionIII+dIII+2

4. F-flat harmonic minor chord iv7

This step shows the subdominant 7th chord of the F-flat harmonic minor scale.

The F-flat harmonic minor chord iv7 is the Bbb min 7 chord, and contains the notes Bbb, Dbb, Fb, and Abb.

This subdominant 7th chords root / starting note is the 4th note (or scale degree) of the Fb harmonic minor scale.

The roman numeral for number 4 is 'iv', and is used to indicate this is the 4th chord in the scale. It is in lower case to denote that the chord is a minor chord.

Chord names for F-flat harmonic minor chord 4
Root positionBbb minor 7th chord in root positionivaiv7
1st inversionBbb minor 7th chord in 1st inversionivbiv65
2nd inversionBbb minor 7th chord in 2nd inversionivciv43
3rd inversionBbb minor 7th chord in 3rd inversionivdiv2

5. F-flat harmonic minor chord V7

This step shows the dominant 7th chord of the F-flat harmonic minor scale.

The F-flat harmonic minor chord V7 is the Cb dom 7 chord, and contains the notes Cb, Eb, Gb, and Bbb.

This dominant 7th chords root / starting note is the 5th note (or scale degree) of the Fb harmonic minor scale.

The roman numeral for number 5 is 'V', and is used to indicate this is the 5th chord in the scale. Just like a major chord, the dominant 7th chord is constructed using a major third interval,so the roman numeral is shown in upper case.

Chord names for F-flat harmonic minor chord 5
Root positionCb dominant 7th chord in root positionVaV7
1st inversionCb dominant 7th chord in 1st inversionVbV65
2nd inversionCb dominant 7th chord in 2nd inversionVcV43
3rd inversionCb dominant 7th chord in 3rd inversionVdV2

6. F-flat harmonic minor chord VI7

This step shows the submediant 7th chord of the F-flat harmonic minor scale.

The F-flat harmonic minor chord VI7 is the Dbb maj 7 chord, and contains the notes Dbb, Fb, Abb, and Cb.

This submediant 7th chords root / starting note is the 6th note (or scale degree) of the Fb harmonic minor scale.

The roman numeral for number 6 is 'VI', and is used to indicate this is the 6th chord in the scale. It is in upper case to denote that the chord is a major chord.

Chord names for F-flat harmonic minor chord 6
Root positionDbb major 7th chord in root positionVIaVI7
1st inversionDbb major 7th chord in 1st inversionVIbVI65
2nd inversionDbb major 7th chord in 2nd inversionVIcVI43
3rd inversionDbb major 7th chord in 3rd inversionVIdVI2

7. F-flat harmonic minor chord viio7

This step shows the subtonic 7th chord of the F-flat harmonic minor scale.

The F-flat harmonic minor chord viio7 is the Eb dim 7 chord, and contains the notes Eb, Gb, Bbb, and Dbb.

This subtonic 7th chords root / starting note is the 7th note (or scale degree) of the Fb harmonic minor scale.

The roman numeral for number 7 is 'vii', and is used to indicate this is the 7th chord in the scale. Just like a minor chord, the diminished chord is constructed using a minor third interval, so the roman numeral is shown in lower case.

The diminished symbol 'o' is placed after the roman numerals to indicate this is a diminished chord.

Chord names for F-flat harmonic minor chord 7
Root positionEb diminished 7th chord in root positionviioaviio7
1st inversionEb diminished 7th chord in 1st inversionviiobviio65
2nd inversionEb diminished 7th chord in 2nd inversionviiocviio43
3rd inversionEb diminished 7th chord in 3rd inversionviiodviio2

Lesson steps

1. Piano key note names

This step shows the white and black note names on a piano keyboard so that the note names are familiar for later steps, and to show that the note names start repeating themselves after 12 notes.

The white keys are named using the alphabetic letters A, B, C, D, E, F, and G, which is a pattern that repeats up the piano keyboard.

Every white or black key could have a flat(b) or sharp(#) accidental name, depending on how that note is used. In a later step, if sharp or flat notes are used, the exact accidental names will be chosen.

The audio files below play every note shown on the piano above, so middle C (marked with an orange line at the bottom) is the 2nd note heard.

2. F-flat harmonic minor scale notes

This step shows the scale note names that will be used to construct all 7th chords that harmonize with those scale notes.

The piano keyboard below contains the notes of the Fb harmonic minor scale.

Starting from the 1st scale note, each lesson step below will take each note in turn and construct a 7th chord using that note as the root / starting note of that chord.

The 7th chord will be built using only the notes of the scale we are interested in.

Identifying the 4 notes in the chord

7th chords are built using the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th notes of a scale, so the first 7th chord below will constructed a chord using notes Fb, Abb, Cb and Eb.

 No. Note 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Fb Gb Abb Bbb Cb Dbb Eb Fb

The second 7th chord below will repeat this, but this time starting on the 2nd note, so its notes will be Gb, Bbb, Dbb and Fb - ie. the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th positions relative to that 2nd root note.

This pattern is repeated for all 7 notes in the scale, resulting in 7 seventh chords.

Identifying the chord quality

Although the above method identifies each 7th chord notes from the scale used, it does not identify the complete chord name including its quality.

Should each 7th chord that we build be called diminished, half-diminished, minorminor-major, dominant, major, augmented, or augmented-major ?

Every 7th chord must have one of these quality names.

To decide the name the chord quality, each step below will use note intervals to calculate how many half-tones / semitones / piano keys between the root and the 3rd, 5th and 7th notes.).

Taken together, the combination of the 3rd, 5th and 7th note intervals will define the complete 7th chord quality name.

The steps below will show how this works for each 7th chord in turn, but in practice it might just be easier to memorize the triad quality table in the Scale chord summary for each scale type.

3. 1st 7th chord in F-flat harmonic minor scale

This step shows how to identify the notes and the name of a 7th chord whose root note is the 1st scale degree of the Fb harmonic minor scale.

Identifying the 4 notes in the chord

The table below shows the Fb harmonic minor scale, ordered to show the 1st note as the first column in the table.

To identify the 7th chord note names, use the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th columns / scale degrees, which are notes Fb, Abb, Cb, and Eb.

 No. Note 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Fb Gb Abb Bbb Cb Dbb Eb

Identifying the chord quality

To identify the 7th chord quality that has these notes, begin by counting the number of half-tones / semitones between the root and each of the notes.

For the 3rd interval (note 2 on the diagram) the distance between Fb and Abb is 3 half-tones.

Now look at the complete Note interval table, and identify the note interval that has a distance of 3 half-tones (first column), and with an interval no. of 3 (last column).

The note interval name for the 3rd note / scale degree is therefore minor, also called m3 for short. More details of this interval are at Fb-min-3rd.

Repeating this for the 5th note / scale degree, the distance between Fb and Cb is 7 half-tones, and the note interval name is perfect (P5). More details of this interval are at Fb-perf-5th.

Again the 7th note / scale degree, the distance between Fb and Eb is 11 half-tones, and the note interval name is major (M7). More details of this interval are at Fb-maj-7th.

Finally, we have the name of the three note intervals of this 7th chord, and can now lookup the name of the 7th chord quality having these intervals.

Looking at the Seventh chord table, the name of the 7th chord quality having minor(m3), perfect(P5) and major(M7) note intervals is minor-major 7th.

And so the complete 7th chord Name prefixes the root note, Fb, onto this quality, giving us the Fb min-maj 7 chord.

Scale chord names using a,b and c notation

The chord symbol i could be followed by the letter a to indicate that it is Fb minor-major 7th chord in root position (ie not inverted) - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord ia.

Instead, i could be followed by the letter b to indicate that it is Fb minor-major 7th chord in 1st inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord ib.

Letter c could be used to indicate that it is Fb minor-major 7th chord in 2nd inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord ic.

Finally, letter d could be used to indicate that it is Fb minor-major 7th chord in 3rd inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord id.

Scale chord names using figured bass notation

In place of the a-d symbols above, figured bass symbols could be used to indicate chord positions after i:

So in this key, i7 refers to the Fb minor-major 7th chord in root position.

For 7th chord inversions, i65 refers to the Fb minor-major 7th chord in 1st inversion, i43 refers to the Fb minor-major 7th chord in 2nd inversion, and i2 refers to the Fb minor-major 7th chord in 3rd inversion.

The next scale chord

The next step will need to calculate the 7th chord whose root / starting note is next scale note.

To do this, the first column we used in this step, Fb, will be moved to the final column of the table.

4. 2nd 7th chord in F-flat harmonic minor scale

This step shows how to identify the notes and the name of a 7th chord whose root note is the 2nd scale degree of the Fb harmonic minor scale.

Identifying the 4 notes in the chord

The table below shows the Fb harmonic minor scale, ordered to show the 2nd note as the first column in the table.

To identify the 7th chord note names, use the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th columns / scale degrees, which are notes Gb, Bbb, Dbb, and Fb.

 No. Note 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Gb Abb Bbb Cb Dbb Eb Fb

Identifying the chord quality

To identify the 7th chord quality that has these notes, begin by counting the number of half-tones / semitones between the root and each of the notes.

For the 3rd interval (note 2 on the diagram) the distance between Gb and Bbb is 3 half-tones.

Now look at the complete Note interval table, and identify the note interval that has a distance of 3 half-tones (first column), and with an interval no. of 3 (last column).

The note interval name for the 3rd note / scale degree is therefore minor, also called m3 for short. More details of this interval are at Gb-min-3rd.

Repeating this for the 5th note / scale degree, the distance between Gb and Dbb is 6 half-tones, and the note interval name is diminished (d5). More details of this interval are at Gb-dim-5th.

Again the 7th note / scale degree, the distance between Gb and Fb is 10 half-tones, and the note interval name is minor (m7). More details of this interval are at Gb-min-7th.

Finally, we have the name of the three note intervals of this 7th chord, and can now lookup the name of the 7th chord quality having these intervals.

Looking at the Seventh chord table, the name of the 7th chord quality having minor(m3), diminished(d5) and minor(m7) note intervals is half-diminished 7th.

And so the complete 7th chord Name prefixes the root note, Gb, onto this quality, giving us the Gb half-dim7 chord.

Scale chord names using a,b and c notation

The chord symbol iiø could be followed by the letter a to indicate that it is Gb half-diminished 7th chord in root position (ie not inverted) - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord iiøa.

Instead, iiø could be followed by the letter b to indicate that it is Gb half-diminished 7th chord in 1st inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord iiøb.

Letter c could be used to indicate that it is Gb half-diminished 7th chord in 2nd inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord iiøc.

Finally, letter d could be used to indicate that it is Gb half-diminished 7th chord in 3rd inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord iiød.

Scale chord names using figured bass notation

In place of the a-d symbols above, figured bass symbols could be used to indicate chord positions after iiø:

So in this key, iiø7 refers to the Gb half-diminished 7th chord in root position.

For 7th chord inversions, iiø65 refers to the Gb half-diminished 7th chord in 1st inversion, iiø43 refers to the Gb half-diminished 7th chord in 2nd inversion, and iiø2 refers to the Gb half-diminished 7th chord in 3rd inversion.

The next scale chord

The next step will need to calculate the 7th chord whose root / starting note is next scale note.

To do this, the first column we used in this step, Gb, will be moved to the final column of the table.

5. 3rd 7th chord in F-flat harmonic minor scale

This step shows how to identify the notes and the name of a 7th chord whose root note is the 3rd scale degree of the Fb harmonic minor scale.

Identifying the 4 notes in the chord

The table below shows the Fb harmonic minor scale, ordered to show the 3rd note as the first column in the table.

To identify the 7th chord note names, use the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th columns / scale degrees, which are notes Abb, Cb, Eb, and Gb.

 No. Note 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Abb Bbb Cb Dbb Eb Fb Gb

Identifying the chord quality

To identify the 7th chord quality that has these notes, begin by counting the number of half-tones / semitones between the root and each of the notes.

For the 3rd interval (note 2 on the diagram) the distance between Abb and Cb is 4 half-tones.

Now look at the complete Note interval table, and identify the note interval that has a distance of 3 half-tones (first column), and with an interval no. of 3 (last column).

The note interval name for the 3rd note / scale degree is therefore major, also called M3 for short. More details of this interval are at Abb-maj-3rd.

Repeating this for the 5th note / scale degree, the distance between Abb and Eb is 8 half-tones, and the note interval name is augmented (A5). More details of this interval are at Abb-aug-5th.

Again the 7th note / scale degree, the distance between Abb and Gb is 11 half-tones, and the note interval name is major (M7). More details of this interval are at Abb-maj-7th.

Finally, we have the name of the three note intervals of this 7th chord, and can now lookup the name of the 7th chord quality having these intervals.

Looking at the Seventh chord table, the name of the 7th chord quality having major(M3), augmented(A5) and major(M7) note intervals is augmented-major 7th.

And so the complete 7th chord Name prefixes the root note, Abb, onto this quality, giving us the Abb aug-maj 7 chord.

Scale chord names using a,b and c notation

The chord symbol III+ could be followed by the letter a to indicate that it is Abb augmented-major 7th chord in root position (ie not inverted) - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord III+a.

Instead, III+ could be followed by the letter b to indicate that it is Abb augmented-major 7th chord in 1st inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord III+b.

Letter c could be used to indicate that it is Abb augmented-major 7th chord in 2nd inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord III+c.

Finally, letter d could be used to indicate that it is Abb augmented-major 7th chord in 3rd inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord III+d.

Scale chord names using figured bass notation

In place of the a-d symbols above, figured bass symbols could be used to indicate chord positions after III+:

So in this key, III+7 refers to the Abb augmented-major 7th chord in root position.

For 7th chord inversions, III+65 refers to the Abb augmented-major 7th chord in 1st inversion, III+43 refers to the Abb augmented-major 7th chord in 2nd inversion, and III+2 refers to the Abb augmented-major 7th chord in 3rd inversion.

The next scale chord

The next step will need to calculate the 7th chord whose root / starting note is next scale note.

To do this, the first column we used in this step, Abb, will be moved to the final column of the table.

6. 4th 7th chord in F-flat harmonic minor scale

This step shows how to identify the notes and the name of a 7th chord whose root note is the 4th scale degree of the Fb harmonic minor scale.

Identifying the 4 notes in the chord

The table below shows the Fb harmonic minor scale, ordered to show the 4th note as the first column in the table.

To identify the 7th chord note names, use the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th columns / scale degrees, which are notes Bbb, Dbb, Fb, and Abb.

 No. Note 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Bbb Cb Dbb Eb Fb Gb Abb

Identifying the chord quality

To identify the 7th chord quality that has these notes, begin by counting the number of half-tones / semitones between the root and each of the notes.

For the 3rd interval (note 2 on the diagram) the distance between Bbb and Dbb is 3 half-tones.

Now look at the complete Note interval table, and identify the note interval that has a distance of 3 half-tones (first column), and with an interval no. of 3 (last column).

The note interval name for the 3rd note / scale degree is therefore minor, also called m3 for short. More details of this interval are at Bbb-min-3rd.

Repeating this for the 5th note / scale degree, the distance between Bbb and Fb is 7 half-tones, and the note interval name is perfect (P5). More details of this interval are at Bbb-perf-5th.

Again the 7th note / scale degree, the distance between Bbb and Abb is 10 half-tones, and the note interval name is minor (m7). More details of this interval are at Bbb-min-7th.

Finally, we have the name of the three note intervals of this 7th chord, and can now lookup the name of the 7th chord quality having these intervals.

Looking at the Seventh chord table, the name of the 7th chord quality having minor(m3), perfect(P5) and minor(m7) note intervals is minor 7th.

And so the complete 7th chord Name prefixes the root note, Bbb, onto this quality, giving us the Bbb min 7 chord.

Scale chord names using a,b and c notation

The chord symbol iv could be followed by the letter a to indicate that it is Bbb minor 7th chord in root position (ie not inverted) - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord iva.

Instead, iv could be followed by the letter b to indicate that it is Bbb minor 7th chord in 1st inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord ivb.

Letter c could be used to indicate that it is Bbb minor 7th chord in 2nd inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord ivc.

Finally, letter d could be used to indicate that it is Bbb minor 7th chord in 3rd inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord ivd.

Scale chord names using figured bass notation

In place of the a-d symbols above, figured bass symbols could be used to indicate chord positions after iv:

So in this key, iv7 refers to the Bbb minor 7th chord in root position.

For 7th chord inversions, iv65 refers to the Bbb minor 7th chord in 1st inversion, iv43 refers to the Bbb minor 7th chord in 2nd inversion, and iv2 refers to the Bbb minor 7th chord in 3rd inversion.

The next scale chord

The next step will need to calculate the 7th chord whose root / starting note is next scale note.

To do this, the first column we used in this step, Bbb, will be moved to the final column of the table.

7. 5th 7th chord in F-flat harmonic minor scale

This step shows how to identify the notes and the name of a 7th chord whose root note is the 5th scale degree of the Fb harmonic minor scale.

Identifying the 4 notes in the chord

The table below shows the Fb harmonic minor scale, ordered to show the 5th note as the first column in the table.

To identify the 7th chord note names, use the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th columns / scale degrees, which are notes Cb, Eb, Gb, and Bbb.

 No. Note 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Cb Dbb Eb Fb Gb Abb Bbb

Identifying the chord quality

To identify the 7th chord quality that has these notes, begin by counting the number of half-tones / semitones between the root and each of the notes.

For the 3rd interval (note 2 on the diagram) the distance between Cb and Eb is 4 half-tones.

Now look at the complete Note interval table, and identify the note interval that has a distance of 3 half-tones (first column), and with an interval no. of 3 (last column).

The note interval name for the 3rd note / scale degree is therefore major, also called M3 for short. More details of this interval are at Cb-maj-3rd.

Repeating this for the 5th note / scale degree, the distance between Cb and Gb is 7 half-tones, and the note interval name is perfect (P5). More details of this interval are at Cb-perf-5th.

Again the 7th note / scale degree, the distance between Cb and Bbb is 10 half-tones, and the note interval name is minor (m7). More details of this interval are at Cb-min-7th.

Finally, we have the name of the three note intervals of this 7th chord, and can now lookup the name of the 7th chord quality having these intervals.

Looking at the Seventh chord table, the name of the 7th chord quality having major(M3), perfect(P5) and minor(m7) note intervals is dominant 7th.

And so the complete 7th chord Name prefixes the root note, Cb, onto this quality, giving us the Cb dom 7 chord.

Scale chord names using a,b and c notation

The chord symbol V could be followed by the letter a to indicate that it is Cb dominant 7th chord in root position (ie not inverted) - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord Va.

Instead, V could be followed by the letter b to indicate that it is Cb dominant 7th chord in 1st inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord Vb.

Letter c could be used to indicate that it is Cb dominant 7th chord in 2nd inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord Vc.

Finally, letter d could be used to indicate that it is Cb dominant 7th chord in 3rd inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord Vd.

Scale chord names using figured bass notation

In place of the a-d symbols above, figured bass symbols could be used to indicate chord positions after V:

So in this key, V7 refers to the Cb dominant 7th chord in root position.

For 7th chord inversions, V65 refers to the Cb dominant 7th chord in 1st inversion, V43 refers to the Cb dominant 7th chord in 2nd inversion, and V2 refers to the Cb dominant 7th chord in 3rd inversion.

The next scale chord

The next step will need to calculate the 7th chord whose root / starting note is next scale note.

To do this, the first column we used in this step, Cb, will be moved to the final column of the table.

8. 6th 7th chord in F-flat harmonic minor scale

This step shows how to identify the notes and the name of a 7th chord whose root note is the 6th scale degree of the Fb harmonic minor scale.

Identifying the 4 notes in the chord

The table below shows the Fb harmonic minor scale, ordered to show the 6th note as the first column in the table.

To identify the 7th chord note names, use the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th columns / scale degrees, which are notes Dbb, Fb, Abb, and Cb.

 No. Note 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Dbb Eb Fb Gb Abb Bbb Cb

Identifying the chord quality

To identify the 7th chord quality that has these notes, begin by counting the number of half-tones / semitones between the root and each of the notes.

For the 3rd interval (note 2 on the diagram) the distance between Dbb and Fb is 4 half-tones.

Now look at the complete Note interval table, and identify the note interval that has a distance of 3 half-tones (first column), and with an interval no. of 3 (last column).

The note interval name for the 3rd note / scale degree is therefore major, also called M3 for short. More details of this interval are at Dbb-maj-3rd.

Repeating this for the 5th note / scale degree, the distance between Dbb and Abb is 7 half-tones, and the note interval name is perfect (P5). More details of this interval are at Dbb-perf-5th.

Again the 7th note / scale degree, the distance between Dbb and Cb is 11 half-tones, and the note interval name is major (M7). More details of this interval are at Dbb-maj-7th.

Finally, we have the name of the three note intervals of this 7th chord, and can now lookup the name of the 7th chord quality having these intervals.

Looking at the Seventh chord table, the name of the 7th chord quality having major(M3), perfect(P5) and major(M7) note intervals is major 7th.

And so the complete 7th chord Name prefixes the root note, Dbb, onto this quality, giving us the Dbb maj 7 chord.

Scale chord names using a,b and c notation

The chord symbol VI could be followed by the letter a to indicate that it is Dbb major 7th chord in root position (ie not inverted) - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord VIa.

Instead, VI could be followed by the letter b to indicate that it is Dbb major 7th chord in 1st inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord VIb.

Letter c could be used to indicate that it is Dbb major 7th chord in 2nd inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord VIc.

Finally, letter d could be used to indicate that it is Dbb major 7th chord in 3rd inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord VId.

Scale chord names using figured bass notation

In place of the a-d symbols above, figured bass symbols could be used to indicate chord positions after VI:

So in this key, VI7 refers to the Dbb major 7th chord in root position.

For 7th chord inversions, VI65 refers to the Dbb major 7th chord in 1st inversion, VI43 refers to the Dbb major 7th chord in 2nd inversion, and VI2 refers to the Dbb major 7th chord in 3rd inversion.

The next scale chord

The next step will need to calculate the 7th chord whose root / starting note is next scale note.

To do this, the first column we used in this step, Dbb, will be moved to the final column of the table.

9. 7th 7th chord in F-flat harmonic minor scale

This step shows how to identify the notes and the name of a 7th chord whose root note is the 7th scale degree of the Fb harmonic minor scale.

Identifying the 4 notes in the chord

The table below shows the Fb harmonic minor scale, ordered to show the 7th note as the first column in the table.

To identify the 7th chord note names, use the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th columns / scale degrees, which are notes Eb, Gb, Bbb, and Dbb.

 No. Note 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Eb Fb Gb Abb Bbb Cb Dbb

Identifying the chord quality

To identify the 7th chord quality that has these notes, begin by counting the number of half-tones / semitones between the root and each of the notes.

For the 3rd interval (note 2 on the diagram) the distance between Eb and Gb is 3 half-tones.

Now look at the complete Note interval table, and identify the note interval that has a distance of 3 half-tones (first column), and with an interval no. of 3 (last column).

The note interval name for the 3rd note / scale degree is therefore minor, also called m3 for short. More details of this interval are at Eb-min-3rd.

Repeating this for the 5th note / scale degree, the distance between Eb and Bbb is 6 half-tones, and the note interval name is diminished (d5). More details of this interval are at Eb-dim-5th.

Again the 7th note / scale degree, the distance between Eb and Dbb is 9 half-tones, and the note interval name is diminished (d7). More details of this interval are at Eb-dim-7th.

Finally, we have the name of the three note intervals of this 7th chord, and can now lookup the name of the 7th chord quality having these intervals.

Looking at the Seventh chord table, the name of the 7th chord quality having minor(m3), diminished(d5) and diminished(d7) note intervals is diminished 7th.

And so the complete 7th chord Name prefixes the root note, Eb, onto this quality, giving us the Eb dim 7 chord.

Scale chord names using a,b and c notation

The chord symbol viio could be followed by the letter a to indicate that it is Eb diminished 7th chord in root position (ie not inverted) - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord viioa.

Instead, viio could be followed by the letter b to indicate that it is Eb diminished 7th chord in 1st inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord viiob.

Letter c could be used to indicate that it is Eb diminished 7th chord in 2nd inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord viioc.

Finally, letter d could be used to indicate that it is Eb diminished 7th chord in 3rd inversion - F-flat harmonic minor scale chord viiod.

Scale chord names using figured bass notation

In place of the a-d symbols above, figured bass symbols could be used to indicate chord positions after viio:

So in this key, viio7 refers to the Eb diminished 7th chord in root position.

For 7th chord inversions, viio65 refers to the Eb diminished 7th chord in 1st inversion, viio43 refers to the Eb diminished 7th chord in 2nd inversion, and viio2 refers to the Eb diminished 7th chord in 3rd inversion.

This completes the set of all 7th chords that harmonize with the Fb harmonic minor scale.