Friday, October 24, 2008

Major seventh barre chords.

This lesson is about movable barre chords. If you want information about barre chords, please click on Barre Chords

If you want information about seventh chords, please click seventh chords

The following are the movable seventh barre chords:

C major seventh

e--3------------------
b-------5-------------
g----4----------------
d-------5-------------
a--3------------------
e--3------------------

C dominant seventh or C7

e----------6----------
b-------5-------------
g-------5-------------
d-------5-------------
a--3------------------
e--3------------------

F major 7

e---5-----------------
b---5-----------------
g---5-----------------
d----------7----------
a------------8--------
e---5-----------------

All of these chords are movable. This means that, they can be played in any key, you just have to move them to the right note or key.

Be patient and make sure when you are playing these chords that all the notes are ringing.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Seventh Chords.

Seventh chords are one of the most important chords for guitar playing or any other instrument. I have a close friend who is violinist and he tells me that seventh chords are one of the most important chords for violinists also.

So what are these seventh chords. To understand these chords, we must memorize some formulas. I know memorizing chord formulas is a pain however if we memorize them, it will be good for us in the future.

Three formulas we need to learn are the following

Major 7th - 1 3 5 7

Minor 7th - 1 3b 5 7b

Dominant 7th - 1 3 5 7b

b represents flat

There are more dominant seven chords but I will cover them in the future. There is one dominant chord in every key or diatonic scale. The 7th chords have sound that resembles tension and chaos. Whenever you play a 7th chord, try to play a normal chord after the 7th chord and you will notice the difference. You will realize that a tension has been resolved.

I will be listing the diatonic 7th chords that are in the key of C. I use the C key because it doesn't have a sharp or a flat and it's easy to explain music theory with the help of C scale.

The following are open 7th chords in the scale of C:

C major 7

e----------------
b----------------
g----------------
d-----2-----------
a--------3--------
e----------------

D minor 7

e-1---------------
b-1---------------
g---2-------------
d----------------
a-x---------------
e-x---------------

x means you should not play these strings.

E minor 7

e----------------
b------3----------
g----------------
d--2--------------
a--2--------------
e----------------

F Major 7

e----------------
b-1---------------
g----2------------
d-------3---------
a-x---------------
e-x---------------

x means you should not play these strings.

G dominant 7

e-1---------------
b----------------
g----------------
d----------------
a----2------------
e------3----------

A minor 7

e-------3---------
b-1---------------
g----2------------
d----2------------
a----------------
e----------------

The next lesson that I will post will be about movable seventh chords. Practice these chords and try to learn the diferent sound of these chords. As we all know. all musicians should have good ears. At one point of time, we should be able to listen to a song or a chord and then play it on the guitar.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Minor Barre Chords.

Today, this lesson is about two minor chord barre shapes. These are the most important minor barre chords that anyone should use when playing the guitar. Click on Minor Barre Chords for a video guitar lesson.

This is the first shape:

e---7---------------
B-------8-----------
G------------9------
d------------9------
a---7---------------
e---7---------------

The chord above is an E minor chord. 7 is the place where the barre should be.
This is the second shape:

e----5----------------
B----5----------------
G----5----------------
d-------------7-------
a-------------7-------
e----5----------------

The chord above is an A minor chord. 5 is the place where the barre should be. All these chords are movable and you can play over the fret board using any root note.

Try to play them and make sure that you can hear all the notes. If you want more information on major barre chords and what a "barre" is, please click on major barre chords

After you have practiced these chords and you can hear them, try changing them with the major barre chords that are in the same key.