There are several ways of identifying seventh chords.

First, the triad and the seventh intervals forming the chord may be identified. In order to use this method, the structure of each of the different types of seventh chords should be known:

Otherwise, the type of chord may be identified by determining the key and the degree on which the chord is built:

Dominant Seventh. The key is D-major and the chord is built on the fifth degree. In the major keys, a chord of dominant seventh is built on the fifth degree.

For more information, refer to Identifying Triads.


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