7ths are generally often found within the context of jazz, where they inflict 7ths and 9ths on every chord, resulting in a sound that makes me want to smash my head against the wall to make the bad noise stop. But that doesn’t mean that 7ths can’t sound cool. If you play a sweep arpeggio and use the 7th as a passing tone, it adds just enough tension to liven up the arpeggio and give the ears a little surprise.
Tab coming later Thanks to Rob for reminding me to post some more of my glorious tabbing art. Here it is:
[update: Frankly admitting that I hate jazz has has sure ruffled some feathers. I had no idea that complete strangers would be so emotionally invested in my private musical tastes. It's actually quite flattering.
Thanks for confirming my suspicion that the "if you don't like jazz you are an ignorant cretin" attitude is expressed by self-important, pretentious, holier-than-thou asshats who, by appointing themselves the arbiters of the musical tastes of others, give jazz a bad name amongst those who dislike its characteristic sound. I hate jazz, big f'n deal; I also hate Swedish "dansmusik," but love Mussorgsky, meerkats, and effervescent vitamin C. The difference is that I respect your right to hate the things I cherish. It just leaves more for me to enjoy.
I have, however, amended some sloppy wording in my original post: 7ths and 9ths are, of course, used in many genres of music -- not just in jazz-- and often to beautiful effect. But in my own experience, it's only the way they are used in many genres of jazz that is particularly vile. Of course I would change my opinion if I ever heard a piece of jazz music that didn't make me want to pour boiling water into my ears to drown out the discordant noise. Call me a "jazz agnostic."]
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