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January 28, 2023

7th Chords Across the Neck - How Well Do You Know Them?

How well do you know your 7th chords? 

Blues, Jazz, Funk, Low-Fi, Classical, Pop, and many other styles use the 4 note 7th chord. No matter what style you are into it is a great idea to be fluent with some of the shapes and voicings as they can sound different.

There are 4 important types of 7th chords to learn and many different voicings. Today we will learn just a few in the key of C.

7th Chords and their formulas

Major 7 = Cmaj7    = 1, 3, 5, 7 = C E G B

Minor 7 = Cm7       = 1, b3, 5, b7 = C Eb G Bb

Dom7    = C7          = 1, 3, 5, b7 = C E G Bb

Half Dim7 = Cm7b5 = 1, b3, b5, b7 = C, Eb, Gb, Bb     *this one is signified as a circle with a line through it sometimes

Fully Dim7 = Cdim7 = 1, b3, b5, bb7 = C, Eb, Gb, A

The Chords

Download the PDF by clicking on the image below and also use the video provided even lower to learn the chords.

Click here for the full PDF

Watch them Played here:

The Star System:

Use the star system to help motive and track your progress through songs and exercises. Here is the breakdown for this exercise:

  • 1 Star *              = Learn and memorize all of line 1
  • 3 Star ***          = Learn and memorize all of line 1 and 2
  • 5 Star *****       = Learn and memorize all of the shapes
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