Seventh Chords

Seventh Chords Feature Image

To understand this method of figuring out seventh chords, you must have a basic knowledge of the degrees of the major scale.

I will show you how to find every 7th chord you’ll ever need in three patterns and with four rules. Obviously, this will not show you every voicing there is on guitar but it is a start if you really want to try it.

The Three Patterns

Place your fingers where the numbers are. The numbers represent the degree of that note. (1=root note)

Seventh Chord Patterns - Dominant 7

The Four Rules

All of the rules refer to the chord symbol which is the expression used to name chords

  1. The 5th is natural unless you’re told otherwise by the chord symbol
  2. “7” means ♭7
  3. “maj7” means that the 7th is not flatted
  4. “min” (or “m”) means to flat the 3rd

Examples

A7
7th is flatted
A7♭5
7th and 5th are flatted
Amin7
7th and 3rd are flatted
Amaj7
7th is natural (not flatted)
Am maj7
3rd is flatted, 7th is natural
Am maj7♭5
3rd and 5th are flatted 7th is natural

Note: When you see “aug” or “+” raise the 5th a half step.

What you must do is adjust the patterns according to chord symbol. Examples are shown below.
Dominant 7 vs Major 7

Dominant 7 vs Minor 7

Subscribe for Free Content, Tips, and More!

3 Reasons to Subscribe to the GLW Newsletter:

  1. Free Stuff! You'll get free content that is exclusive to my newsletter subscribers!
  2. Content tailored to you. Over time, I'll get to learn more about you and deliver content that motivates you to learn, play and be inspired!
  3. No spam. Just real content that's meant to make a difference in your playing

Enter your name and email, and you're on your way!

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit
Hello again! You're already subscribed to the GLW newsletter. Thank you for being a part of the GLW community. If you have a question, just send an email using my contact page. I'd be happy to help!

1 Comment on Seventh Chords

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*


how to learn guitar notes for beginners  guitar chord shortcuts  what is the hole in a guitar called  reading sheet music symbols  guitar string tabs  what a difference a day makes chords  how to tell what key a song is written in  different guitar chords  best sounding guitar chords  going away to college chords  what does b mean in tab  harmonics on guitar  4 string bass guitar chords for beginners  chord guitar d#  how to create a chord progression  proper finger names  d 5 chord  bar cords  note names on treble clef  d# cord  you are good guitar tutorial  definition of pentatonic  key of g scale guitar  learn guitar arpeggios  guitar lead songs  the dominant in the scale of b major is  learn all guitar scales  how to play d in guitar  guitar string pattern  in a chord  let it be guitar solo lesson  circle of flats  1 4 5 chords  guitar notes and how to play them  g scale guitar chords  playing lead guitar  picture of guiter  guitar chord h  a blues pentatonic scale  how to play an c chord on guitar  mean guitar chords no capo  e dorian guitar scale  play greensleeves  best guitar for your money  guitar tuning lesson  slow guitar blues  am 7 chord  online guiter  guitar progressions pdf  how to play the notes on a guitar  learning sheet music for guitar  interval music theory  g major 7th chord  jimi hendrix scale  description of guitar parts  easy guitar music notes  guitar notes quiz  g major bar chord  chord progressions for guitar pdf  what musical notes mean  how to ring guitar  a minor chord progression guitar  c m chord progression  12 bar blues bass tab  guitar lessos  how to play c in guitar  beginning guitar theory  guitar starting lesson  12 note scale  e flat chord for guitar  natural harmonics on guitar  guitar string notes sounds  c minor 7 guitar chord  guitar nicknames  diminished 7  more than words plucking tutorial  how to guitar for beginners  resolving dominant 7th chords  lick tagalog  riffs and licks  grow old with you guitar cover  e flat dim 7  diminished guitar licks  how to play e major chord on guitar  1 guitar  how to play for no one on guitar  six string guitar lessons  octaves on guitar  picture of guitar neck  playing guitar by ear  how to read and write sheet music  guitar scales to practice  guitar main chords chart