The Cmin7 chord (also known as C minor 7 and C-7), has a soft, but bright tone.

The notes in Cmin7 are:


The harmony is ultimately determined by the chord’s root. Many arpeggios do, however, contain additional chords that you might allude to or overlay over the original chord. For instance, an Eb Major triad results if we move on from the second note of the chord. More chords get created as we add more extensions, which we’ll see as we progress through each different extension.




A series of individual notes that form the chord are called an arpeggio. A chord tone is the name given to each note that makes up a chord.

The minor Scale

The minor scale is perfect to use over Cmin7

Cmin7 Backing Track

Use the minor scale to practise playing along to Cmin7. Try using your imagination to discover what lines you can play over it. To train your ear, make a conscious effort to internalise the sound.

If you’re having trouble coming up with new ideas, my books are filled with several variations on how to play intervals, scales, melodies, and more.

Cmin7 Inversions

1st Inversion - Cmin7/Eb


2nd Inversion - Cmin7/G


3rd Inversion - Cmin7/Bb

Drop Voicings

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Drop 2

We simply move the 2 voice an octave down.

Drop 3

For Drop 3, we simply move the 3rd voice down an octave.

Drop 2 + 3

For drop 2+3, we move the 2nd + 3rd voices down an octave.

Drop 2 + 4

For Drop 2+4, we move the 2nd + 4th voice down an octave.

These were the drop voicings for the normal voicing; however, the first, second, and third inversions can also be turned into drop voicings. If you want to learn more about drop voicings, Rick Beato has a decent tutorial on it.

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Other Chord Extensions

Chord NameNotes
Major Chords 
CMaj7C, E, G, B
CMaj9C, E, G, B, D
CMaj#11C, E, G, B, F#
CMaj13C, E, G, B, A
CMaj9(add13)C, E, G, B, D, A
Minor Chords 
Cmin7C, Eb, G, Bb
Cmin9C, Eb, G, Bb, D
Cmin11C, Eb, G, Bb, F
Cmin13C, Eb, G, Bb, A
Dominant Chords 
C7C, E, G, Bb
C9C, E, G, Bb, D
C11C, E, G, Bb, F
C13C, E, G, Bb, A
Half Diminished Chords 
C-7b5C, Eb, Gb, Bb

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