Expanding Our Chord Voicing And Vocabulary

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Hey guys, check out the latest guitar lesson from Jon MacLennan…


Today, Jon will teach you all the chords with seventh from the G major tonality, using really nice chord
shapes!


How’s it going, everybody?
This is John McClennan and I’m here today
with guitarcontrol.wpmudev.host, bringing you this
guitar lesson. Today I want to talk a little
bit about major 7th chords and 7th chords.

You may be getting your basic chords together
and maybe you’re getting your lead playing.
There’s so much stuff on the internet for
licks and things, but what I wanted to remind
us all is that as we’re working on our lead
playing we need to always keep working on our
rhythm and expanding our chord vocabulary:
the chords you know, the inversions and the
voicings. And then just working on learning
harder chords and stretching-out your fingers.
Today’s lesson is going to be on precisely that,
playing an entire chord scale with 7th chords,
maybe some new voicings you haven’t discovered yet.
Let’s jump right in.

This is in the key of G, G major 7 chord.
This is a real great voicing. It literally
starts on the 2nd fret and it goes — just
line your fingers up. One, two, three, four,
so you’ve got all those notes together.
Your root is right here. Or I also can
visualize down here just for your G major 7.

And then the next chord is going to be the
next chord in the scale, which is going to
be A minor 7. I have basically the 3rd fret,
the 5th fret, 5th fret and then the 7th fret.
Nice voicing. You can even play the A root
note for that.

For the next chord, you’re literally just
going to move that up a whole step, which
is two frets. So now I’m at 9, 7, 7, 5 for
B minor 7.

And then I’m going to play C major 7, which
is the same as the first chord, starting on
the 7th fret.

D7, which this basically is almost the same
as the first chord, but I’m lowering the first
finger one fret. This will be 8, 10, 11, 12.

To a minor 7 again. Should be 10, 12, 12, 14.

And then a minor 7 flat 5, which would be 12,
13, 14, 16.

And then resolving here, to our G major 7.