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I'm looking for a list of common 4-note chords.

So far, I have:

  • maj7
  • min7
  • 7
  • min7b5
  • dim7
  • minmaj7
  • maj7#5
  • 7b5
  • 7#5

And that's it. I know I'm missing many, like 6th chords, or probably other common 7th chords, or other families.

Which chords am I missing? Is there a list I can use as reference?

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There is something inherently irritating about questions asking people to list things...perhaps this question is less productive than it could be? In my mind, this is no different than someone asking about song identification, which is discouraged. – jjmusicnotes Oct 24 '13 at 0:43
@jjmusicnotes How can I make this question more productive and less irritating? What is wrong with it? – Archundia Oct 24 '13 at 2:57
@JCPedroza: I think it is perceived of as irritating for two reasons: 1) because you could compute it yourself. 2) You're asking others to do something you could easily do. Now, as for your topic: Don't forget that leaving out the root and the fifth are pretty common, leaving room for 6th and 9th variants. Also missing: sus 2 and sus 4 variations. 3rds (and variants) and 7ths are the most important to keep IMO. – JimR Oct 24 '13 at 8:21
Not to mention that "common" is highly variable (compare Bach to BTO and see what you get :-) ) – Carl Witthoft Oct 24 '13 at 11:52
@JimR How can I compute it myself? How can I easily do it by myself? I'm not asking for someone to compile this for me; pointing out to a source of information would be as useful. – Archundia Oct 24 '13 at 15:37
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Here's the main ones:

     name   halfsteps_from_root   alternate_names

     4     {0,4,7,5 }, add
     2     {0,4,7,2 }, add2 add9 Maj(9) Madd9
     6     {0,4,7,9 }, maj6 M6
     m2    {0,3,7,2 }, min(9) m(9)
     m6    {0,3,7,9 }, min6
     7     {0,4,7,10}, dom7
     M7    {0,4,7,11}, Maj7
     m7    {0,3,7,10}, min7
     mM7   {0,3,7,11}, minMaj7
     dim7  {0,3,6, 9},
     m7b5  {0,3,6,10}, min7b5 hDim7 (slashes)
     7sus  {0,5,7,10}, 7sus4
     7b5   {0,4,6,10},
     7#5   {0,4,8,10}, 7aug
     M7#5  {0,4,8,11}, Maj7aug M7aug augM7
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rats - formatting is messed up and I can't fix it. If one of the site editor dudes could fix it, I'd appreciate that... In the mean time... 4, 2, 6, m2, m6, 7, M7, m7, mM7, dim7, m7b5, 7sus, 7b5, 7#5, M7#5 – Stephen Hazel Oct 24 '13 at 15:53
See: – Archundia Oct 24 '13 at 17:19

I found a very interesting paper, which lists "The 43 Four-Note Chord Qualities", with names and formulas. By filtering specific permutations, like repeated notes or inversions, it's concluded that there are 43 four-note qualities in total.

Here is the link.

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I can't provide a full answer right now, but these similar questions might provide some of the answers you're looking for:

What determines a chord's name?

What is the full list of possible chord names? Are there chords that don't have a name in chord theory?

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