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I strummed a minor chord that sounded even less appealing.
Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  musical terminology:  a triad composed of a root, minor third, and perfect fifth
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minor chords minor chord
Strongly Associated with:   major chord
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A major chord differs from a minor chord in having a major third above the root instead of a minor third. It can also be described as a major third with a minor third on top, in contrast to a minor chord, which has a minor third with a major third on top. They both contain fifths, because a major third (4 semitones) plus a minor third (3 semitones) equals a fifth (7 semitones).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minor_chord  (retrieved 9/26/08)
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  • I strummed a minor chord that sounded even less appealing.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Apollo strummed a minor chord.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Gradually and imperceptibly the interlude melted into the soft opening minor chords of the Chopin Impromptu.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • A minor chord from the baliset floated out of the alcove.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune

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  • He struck a minor chord, looked into the eyes of his oldest child and smiled a crooked smile.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The cables thrumming beneath the pavement struck a minor chord of suspense, and held it.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • He’d play a minor chord or two with his left hand and, with a flourish of his right, wipe his perspiring face with an enormous white handkerchief.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • (He touches the keys again) Minor chord comes now.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He struck the minor chord again; held it.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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Associated words [difficulty]:   minor chord [8] , major chord [9] , chord [1] , baritone [4] , soprano [4] , a cappella [7] , major chord [9] , chord [1] , major chord [9]
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