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Guitar Seventh Chords will… Expand Your Sound Arsenal…

Turn those plain chords into something special. The guitar seventh chords give plain chords a new sound dimension. They can also be used to lead into a chord change giving you a more professional sound.

The Major 7th Guitar Chords

These chords produce a smooth sound however the 7th tends to overpower the root for improvising.

Here are some major 7th chord forms. These are movable forms. You just have to change your fingerings.

The I and IV chord or every major scale can be a major 7th chord.

The 6th note of the Harmonic minor scale also builds a major 7th chord.

Here is where the roots are for these chords are so you can keep track of what your playing.

5th string

4th string

5th string

4th string

3rd string

4th string

Dominant 7th Chords

These are the chords that are written with just a plain 7 after the chord letter. These guitar seventh chords are used in every style of music especially blues and jazz.

These chords are built on the 5th note of every major scale

They are also built on the 5th note of the Harmonic minor scale

In the Melodic minor scale they are built on the 4th and 5th notes

Here are some movable common forms.

5th string

5th string

6th and 1st string

4th string

3rd string

6th string

Minor maj7th Chords

These chords aren’t used a lot as strumming chords but they are useful in drop progressions. They have a very distinct sound due to the augmented triad in them.

These chords are built on the root note of the Melodic and Harmonic scales. However they find their way easily into drop progressions

These chords are usually seen in a drop progression. Here’s the roots.

5th string

4th string

1st string

3rd string

These chords are only one note different from the next group, the minor guitar 7th chords.

The Minor 7th Chords

This is a very common group of chords. This chord can have two names. An A minor 7th chord has the same notes as a C6th chord. It will depend if the song writer wants a C or an A for the bass note.

These chords are built on the 2nd, 3rd and 6th notes of the major scale.

They are built on the 2nd note of the Melodic minor scale.

In the Harmonic minor scale this chord is built on the 4th note of its scale

Here are the roots again for these chords.

5th string

3rd string

6th and 1st

4th string

5th string

5th string

2nd string

Minor 7th Flat Five Chords

These guitar seventh chords are closely related to the dominant 7th.

They are actually a dominant 9th chord without a root. The Bm7♭5 is a G9 no root chord

This chord is built on the 7th note of the major scale

In the Melodic minor this chord is built on the 6th and 7th notes

In the Harmonic minor scale this chord is built on the 2nd note of its scale.

5th string

3rd string

6th string

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