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7th CHORD SHAPES
Chord shapes as you will see, keep repeating on
the guitar.
Shapes can be used three ways -
1. They can be moved along the guitar
e.g. A to B.
2. They can be moved across the guitar
e.g. E to Am.
3. Be slightly changed e.g. E to Em.
Let’s first of all see how the 7
th
chords are
similar in shape to some of the major and/or
minor chords.
A7.
This chord is similar to A major. All you have to
do is remove finger 3. Most people find having
finger 2 and 4 on feels awkward so they lift
finger 4 off and replace it with finger 3.
A7 is also similar to Em. Instead of having the
two fingers right beside each other they are
“spread apart” and have a spare string in
between.
B7.
This chord is based on the C#m chord. Keep all
your fingers in the same shape as C#m and move
up one string towards the ceiling. Then add your
little finger onto string 1 fret 2.
C7.
This chord is based on the shape of C. Add
your little finger onto string 3 fret 3.
D7.
This chord is based on the C#m chord. Keep
all your fingers in the same shape as C#m
and move down one string towards the floor.
Also D7 is similar in shape to D major. The
notes on strings 3 and 1 are the same, but
because of the new note on string 2 you have
to change all the fingers around. A lot of
people say that the D7 is “backwards” in
shape to D major.
E7.
This chord is similar to E major only finger 3
is taken off.
G7.
This chord is based on the fingering of G
major. Take off your little finger and put
finger 1 on string 1 fret 1.