Monday, April 7, 2014

Know Your Chords - 7th Chords (E Shapes)

7th Chords will be the first installment in the "Know your Chords" series. I'm going to approach this the same way you were taught bar chords, E shapes and A Shapes. The E shapes will be referenced at the 5th fret making it an A chord, the A shapes will be referenced at the 7th fret making it an E chord.

This way you can start with memorizing the shape and chord name based on a chord shape you already know. These shapes are also moveable, like a bar chord, so shifting them around will help you play them in other keys. I'm going to show them in E bar shapes and A bar shapes so you can have a few different places on the fretboard to play them.

7th Chords:
Here are the notes that are included to build these chords and their names:

Chord Name Chord Structure
A7 Dominant 7th 1, 3, 5, 7
Amaj7 Major 7th 1, 3, 5, 7
A7sus Suspended 7th 1, 4, 5, 7
Am7 Minor 7th 1, 3, 5, 7
Aaug7 Augmented 7th 1, 3, 5, 7
Am7b5 Half diminished 1, 3, 5, 7
Adim7 Diminished 7th 1, 3, 5, ♭♭7

Rather than focusing on the theory of the chord, which is included above in the chord structure, I want to focus on learning the shape. This will help you remember it and add it to your chord vocabulary.

I recommend playing through these over and over and memorizing their names when you play them.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for giving those simple steps of chord of that song. Here are some other song's more simpler chords lesson which are more easy to learn in this Worship Chords website.