Dominant 7 Chords

by Bogdan Radovic

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  • Hi GMC!

    In this lesson I'll show you how to play most often used 7th chords. These would be chords like A7, E7, G7 and so on. Technically, we call these "Dominant 7" chords. You'll find these chords in a lot of songs you play. Usually this type of chord is used to connect the verse with the chorus and generally in between two different sections of the song. You'll also find these chords almost exclusively in blues rhythm guitar and blues chord progressions.

    I remember when learning my first chords on the guitar and learning how to play the songs by The Beatles, that I was a bit annoyed that more often than not I'd bump on one of these 7 chords which I didn't know how to play. So, hopefully, this lesson will fill in that missing link.

    I'd suggest learning only the chords you actually need to know at the moment, for example to play some songs. Some of these chords are bit difficult to play as in some cases they involve fretting a shape using all 4 fretting hand fingers so don't get discouraged. They are difficult for everyone, especially chords like F7 or B7.

    I have arranged chords in the lesson in "most common" order, here is the full listing:

    Video part 1: how to play A7 chord
    Video part 2: how to play E7 chord
    Video part 3: how to play D7 chord
    Video part 4: how to play G7 chord
    Video part 5: how to play C7 chord
    Video part 6: how to play B7 chord
    Video part 7: how to play F7 chord

    Contact me if you need any help with the guitar, I'll be glad to chat with you. Please leave me a feedback in the lesson comments section (upper right corner of this page) if you are finding this lesson useful, I'd appreciate to hear that you were practicing it. You can contact me via private messages here on GMC, via lesson feedback section or just send me an email to [email protected]

    Have fun practicing and see you in my next lesson! :)
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