Basic Open Position Seventh Chords

This lesson covers all the basic open position seventh chords. These basic seventh chords have a more sophisticated sound than the basic major and minor open position chords you already know.

These chords are used a lot in popular music and make a good transition from the basic open chords to the more advanced seventh chord forms found higher up on the fretboard.

They shouldn't be any harder than the basic chords you already know, so I suggest trying to play through them just like you do with the other basic chords we have learned and try to get used to how these new chords sound.

The dominant seventh chord is by far the most used seventh chord in all styles of music, so that one especially is essential to get down quickly.

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Basic Open Position Seventh Guitar Chords


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  6. kate on October 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    this is a lot of fun. is there an F 7 chord?

    • Carl Brown on October 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Yep there sure is, only it isn’t typically played in open position like the other 7th chords in this video. 🙂

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    When playing Gmaj7, it seems easier to switch between the second and the third fingers

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