Your first Piece
We Are Young
Dont be fooled by the title here, there is nothing more complicated
about the chords I am about to show you from the ones you already
know. These chords are just different thats all. I'm showing
you these chords because they are also quite common in popular music
and as such, come up quite often on chord sheets you may find on
the internet. Once you learn these, even more songs will open up
If you've been following the pages in order then you would already
have come across the major 7th chord in Under the bridge and Imagine.
The major 7th chord is commonly denoted as Gmaj7, Amaj7, Bmaj7 etc.
Its quite simple to play
The Major 7th consists of an interval of 4 half tones followed
by an interval of 3 half tones followed by an interval of 4 half
Suppose we wanted to work out the Gmaj7 chord we would take the
G major 7th chord
Find the root note G, count up 4 half tones to get B, count up
3 half tones to get D, count up 4 half tones to get F#. Giving you
the Gmaj7 chord.
Please take care to notice that the Gmaj7 is different from the
G7 chord which has notes G B D and F. The musical guru's who came
up with this stuff are really out to confuse us!
Just as the major 7th chord is very similar to the regular major
chord, the minor 7th chord is very similar to the regular minor
chord. In a chord sheet the minor 7th chord would be denoted as
Cm7 Gm7 Am7 etc.
The minor 7th chord consists of an interval of 3 half tones
followed by an interval of 4 half tones followed by an interval
of 3 half tones.
So here are some minor 7th chords make sure you understand how
to work out the notes they contain. The process is exactly the same
as every other chord, just follow the formula for the minor 7th
C Minor 7th chord
G Minor 7th chord
Ok if you're getting confused by all these new chords then dont
worry, in the next section you can review all the chords you know
to get them clear in your mind. Then you'll be ready to try out
some tunes that use these new chords!
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