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post Oct 19 2013, 07:20 AM
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In today's theory quick tip we'll be looking at an easy way that you can view mMaj7th chords on paper and on the fretboard.

Rather than thinking of mMaj7th chords as four notes, such as C Eb G B for CmMaj7 (R-b3-5-7), you can think of these chords as two different triads.

When doing so you can picture a Cm triad from the root of the chord, C Eb G, then an EbAug triad from the 3rd of the chord, Eb G B, which when combined give you the full, CmMaj7 chord shape.

This is particularly helpful when learning how to play and apply mMajth chords on the guitar, as you actually don't have to learn anything new in order to sound a mMaj7-chord shape on the neck.

You can simply play an Augmented triad from the 3rd of the mMaj7 chord you want to play, and voila, you have a mMaj7th chord, as the bass player holds down the root and completes the 4-note shape.

Playing an Augmented triad from the 3rd of a mMaj7th chord, or moving between a tonic minor triad and augmented triad from the third, such as Cm and EbAug over CmMaj7, is a great way to break down a complex chord, use previous knowledge (triads) and quickly play these shapes on the fretboard without having to learn anything new.


What do you think about breaking mMaj7th chords down into triads on the guitar? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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post Oct 19 2013, 09:12 AM
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I've only used the mMaj7 chord as walk down from minor chord to m7 chord.

I do like the idea of looking at complex chords as two merged triads, a lot of gospel and jazz pianists look at it like that, easier for them with the two hands to use!


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post Oct 20 2013, 09:14 AM
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Cool. Yeah it's not a common chord. But when you experiment with it you can find some cool applications for it in your comping and song writing.

And the triads are a good way to immitate a piano, at least until we learn to grow an extra hand! smile.gif


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