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Looking for possible resolutions to a imaj7.

Theoretical or not - shoot!

Out-of-the-ordinary resolutions are needed (I already know the theory behind it, using possible modes and all ).

Looking forward to discussing some resolutions.

one resolution to that I found was from ♭vii7.

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A minmaj7 chord can be the first degree (with the 7th) from the harmonic minor scale. So using progressions from that scale, you can have resolutions on minmaj7.

Here is a simple V-i:

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Basically, since you are not looking only for theoretical answers, anything that sounds good to you works.

Also, if you are on any minor scale, on a V-i resolution, you can easily continue playing the leading tone (like I did on the example) and it would be a minmaj7 chord.

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    GNNNN! Even reading that snippet gives me an outright itch. That B really wants to resolve up to C. – leftaroundabout Apr 16 at 18:44
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    @leftaroundabout haha, I agree, I kept thinking this as a delayed resolution to C – Shevliaskovic Apr 16 at 18:47
  • XD Yup that's true, but let's try to make it work :) Historically this non-functioning chord was used to resolve to the tonic so don't think of it in a classical way. Any weird and or abstract way to resolve into this is what this post is all about. Cheers :) – Dexter Nair Apr 18 at 1:55
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resolving to i min maj7 isn't a classical style resolution since you're keeping the leading tone present, but strong examples are from V7 with extensions like b9,#9, or its tritone sub bII(dom)7

  • Agreed! it is a non-functioning chord, hence we won't find it being used much in classical. Although by digging around I did find the usage of minmaj7 in classical context too, however it was not used to resolve rather it was used as a tension builder to resolve to the tonic. Also I have used the resolutions that you mentioned, using V7 to Iminmaj7th (kinda secondary dominant) and it sounds nice with #9 and sometimes with 13th but the tritone one is weird and I think it can be used for line cliches – Dexter Nair Apr 16 at 13:48
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    Listen to the ending of Invitation by Bronisław Kaper for a nice example of an V7-altered to I minmaj7. – Jim L. Apr 16 at 17:52
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Note: "imaj7" in my answer means Am(maj7) in the key of A minor or the equivalent in other keys (the lowercase "i" covers the minor in mmaj7).

Here are some voicings that sound cool (IMO, obviously).

Ⅴ-♮ⅵ°-♮ⅶ°-ⅰmaj7 (G minor)

X:1
L:1/8
M:C
K:Gm
%%score T1 B
V:T1           clef=treble
V:B            clef=bass
% 1
[V:T1] [^FAd]2 [GB=e][Ac^f] [GBdf]4
[V:B]  D,2     =E,^F,       G,4

ⅱ°7-ⅰmaj7 (E minor)

X:1
L:1/2
M:C
K:Em
%%score T1 B
V:T1           clef=treble
V:B            clef=bass
% 1
[V:T1] [FAc_e][B,^dg]
[V:B]  F,     E,

♭Ⅱ7-ⅰmaj7 (F♯ minor)

X:1
L:1/2
M:C
K:F#m
%%score T1 B
V:T1           clef=treble
V:B            clef=bass
% 1
[V:T1] ([=Fd]    [Fc])
[V:B]  [=G,,B,]  [F,,A,]

♭Ⅴ9sus-ⅰmaj7 (personal favorite!) (A minor)

X:1
L:1/2
M:C
K:Am
%%score T1 B
V:T1           clef=treble
V:B            clef=bass
% 1
[V:T1] [_Bf_a] [Ae^g]
[V:B]  [_E,_D] [=E,C]

A lot of these voicings involve enharmonic respellings of the natural seventh degree.

  • Those seem to make much more sense to me than the previous suggestions, but could you show the actual voicings you had in mind, with ABC snippets? – leftaroundabout Apr 17 at 9:05
  • @leftaroundabout Alright, but I'm no good with ABC snippets... Could I show you an image of sheet music notation of some voicings? It would look about the same in output... – user45266 Apr 17 at 16:30
  • @uset45266 I think you should give it a try, ABC is much more efficient for simple stuff like this. But, of course it's up to you. If you like, you can upload a screenshot and I convert it to ABC. – leftaroundabout Apr 17 at 19:53
  • @leftaroundabout Image uploaded. – user45266 Apr 18 at 2:12
  • @leftaroundabout Thanks! I'll have to give this ABC a try! – user45266 Apr 18 at 17:11

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