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Major 7th ChordsA Must Know Chord

The major 7th chords are a very smooth sounding. They are also very easy to make from the major scale. You are only adding one note to a major chord.

Two Chords in One

This chord is actually a combination of a major chord and a minor chord.

The C maj7 chord notes are C-E-G-B

The C major chord notes are C-E-G

The E minor chord notes are E-G-B

This applies to all major chords. If you make a minor chord(Minor 3rd + Major 3rd) from the 3rd of a major chord and add it to the major you will have a major 7th chord.

There are two notes which are common in both chords. If you didn’t understand the major and minor 3rds check out these pages to learn about them.

Music Intervals
Major Scale Primer.

Major 7th Chords
Where Do They Come From?

Two scales you can find these chords in is the major scale and the Harmonic minor scale.

Every major scale has two major 7th chords in it built on the 1st and 4th notes.

The Harmonic minor has one built on the 6th note.

Major Scale – maj7th Chords

Key

I Chord

Notes

IV Chord

Notes

F

Fma7

F-A-C-E

B♭ma7

B♭-D-F-A

B♭

B♭ma7

B♭-D-F-A

E♭ma7

E♭-G-B♭-D

E♭

E♭ma7

E♭-G-B♭-D

A♭ma7

A♭-C-E♭-G

A♭

A♭ma7

A♭-C-E♭-G

D♭ma7

D♭-F-A♭-C

D♭

D♭ma7

D♭-F-A♭-C

G♭ma7

G♭-B♭-D♭-F

G♭

G♭ma7

G♭-B♭-D♭-F

C♭ma7

C♭-E♭-G♭-B♭

F♯

F♯ma7

F♯-A♯-C♯-E♯

Bma7

B-D♯-F♯-A♯

B

Bma7

B-D♯-F♯-A♯

Ema7

E-G♯-B-D♯

E

Ema7

E-G♯-B-D♯

Ama7

A-C♯-E-G♯

A

Ama7

A-C♯-E-G♯

Dma7

D-F♯-A-C♯

D

Dma7

D-F♯-A-C♯

Gma7

G-B-D-F♯

The G♭ma7 is the same as the F♯ma7 chord but written different.

The same is true of the C♭ma7 and the Bma7

Major 7th Chord Diagrams

1st Position Forms

The above chords are movable like the ones below. You just have to move them up or down the neck and keep track of the root.

The Cma7 chord root is on the 5th string.

The Dma7 chord root is on the 4th string.

The Fma7 chord root is on the 4th string.

The Gma7 chord root is on the 3rd string.

Movable Maj 7th Chord Forms

The circles with the R in them stands for the root of the chords so you can keep track of what chord you’re playing

Major 7th
Harmonic Minor Scale

Major 7th – Different Symbols

You will see this chord written as Cma7, Cmaj7, CMa7, or CMaj7. They all mean the same thing.

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