The Major 7 Chord

The Major 7 Chord

Guitar Level: Beginner

The major seven chord is one of my favorite sounding chords.  It’s one of the few chords that I can actually identify as I hear them.  They are jazzy, bright and jubilant, and clean sounding  .  The major 7 chord is built by adding a 7, to a major chord; so the formula is 1-3-5-7.

Here’s all the common finger patterns:
Amaj7 – 002120
Bbmaj7 – slide the Amaj7 up one fret and bar across the first fret with your first finger.
Bmaj7 – slide the Amaj7 up two frets and bar across the second fret with your first finger.
Cmaj7 – 032000
Dbmaj7 – slide the Amaj7 up four frets and bar across the forth fret with your first finger.
Dmaj7 – xx0222
Ebmaj7– slide the Amaj7 up six frets and bar across the sixth fret with your first finger.
Emaj7 – 021100
Fmaj7– xx3210
F#maj7 – xx4321 (Fmaj7 slid up one fret)
Gmaj7 – xx5432 (Fmaj7 slid up two frets)

Basically, you can create any major 7 chord by only knowing the open Amaj7 shape and the Fmaj7 shape. These two patterns move nicely up the neck to form all the other chords.

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