#1
Is it me or, do Min.6ths and maj.7ths just sound odd when they're played with just the root note and said interval?
I still use them in chords (I think I've implemented every possible interval I can think of in my compositions) but, when they're on their own, they sound 'odd'

I think the min.6th is understandable because it creates a form of tension. Maybe because it's so close to the 5th?

But the Maj.7th always sounds so wrong because, in essence, it's just a glorified min.2nd

Anyone else feel this way?
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Last edited by Crazyedd123 at Nov 16, 2011,
#2
Its because of the harmonic series and the shared overtones. A C and a G will always sound stable because they share many of the same overtones, as G occurs very early in the series generated by C. C and B, however, do not share many of the same overtones, and thus will create somewhat of a clash when played simultaneously.
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#3
At first you talk about maj 6th's and min 7th's then min 6th's and major 7th's... I'm guessing you mean the second one? Anyway, a major 7th interval is very dissonant, which can sound unpleasant to the ear to many people. That's not to say it has no use though...
#4
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At first you talk about maj 6th's and min 7th's then min 6th's and major 7th's... I'm guessing you mean the second one? Anyway, a major 7th interval is very dissonant, which can sound unpleasant to the ear to many people. That's not to say it has no use though...

Oops, fixed it now.

I use major 7ths alot. However, I usually pair the maj.7th with another note so that the other note acts as a 'buffer' between the root and the 7th. I rarely use just Maj.7ths (possibly because I like playing very full chords), however, I sometimes use it to create an 'emptiness' in a piece.
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#5
Minor 6th is my favorite interval. Major 7th is supposed to be odd because it's a tendency tone.