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Emotional Effects of Chords

Emotional Effects of Chords


Chord Type

Associated Emotions

Major

(e.g., C)

Happiness, cheerfulness, confidence, brightness, satisfaction

Minor

(e.g., Cm)

Sadness, darkness, sullenness, apprehension, melancholy, depression, mystery

Seventh

(e.g., C7)

Funkiness, soulfulness, moderate edginess

Major Seventh

(e.g., CM7)

Romance, softness, jazziness, serenity, tranquillity, exhilaration

Minor Seventh

(e.g., Cm7)

Mellowness, moodiness, jazziness

Ninth

(e.g., C9)

Openness, optimism

Diminished

(e.g., Cº)

Fear, shock, spookiness, suspense

Suspended Fourth

(e.g., Csus4)

Delightful tension

Seventh, Minor Ninth

(e.g., C7♭9)

Creepiness, ominousness, fear, darkness

Added Ninth

(e. g., Cadd9)

Steeliness, austerity


REF : http://howmusicreallyworks.com/Pages_Chapter_6/6_17.html