Vertical Truth: Chordal Mechanisms for the Guitar

Unit 4: 7th Chords

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7th Chords occur in all styles of music. All forms of Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, R&B - any style you want to play, knowledge of 7th chords is necessary. The more you know about 7th chords, the better off you'll be!

The content in this lesson series contains:


  • 5 types of 7th chords: Major, Dominant, Minor, Half-Diminished & Full-Diminished

  • 3 common diatonic chord progressions based on Scale Tone 7ths (see the last video below)

  • Dominant and Minor Suspensions

  • Major and Minor 6th Chords including their inversions

  • All positions - that's 3 different positions on the neck for all the above - in every key

This lesson series on 7th Chords consists of a PDF that contains:


  • 29 pages

  • 11 lessons

  • 93 fretboard diagrams

  • 17 music notation examples

  • 20 demonstration video links with 100's of embedded dynamic fretboard diagrams.


Here's what the PDF looks like:

Here's some more information including a clip from the first video (out of 20) wherein you will learn what the differences are between 5 different types of 7th chords, and the 3 positions in which they can be played, resulting in 15 different chord shapes:

Ok...15 chord shapes. So how are they used?

Good question...

Songs (or parts of songs) that use some of the 7th chords I gave you in the previous video:

  • Long Train Runnin' - the Doobie Brothers

  • Ooh Baby Baby - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

  • Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song) - Incubus

  • Waiting on the World to Change - John Mayer

  • Sitting, Waiting, Wishing - Jack Johnson

  • Something in the Way She Moves - The Beatles

  • Michelle - The Beatles

  • Misty - Jazz Standard

  • Autumn Leaves - Jazz Standard

See how 7th chords are used in the above songs:

In the first video above you learned 5 types of 7th chords in 3 positions. In this video we're going to put those 7th chords into scales. 

The following video, "Scale Tone 7ths" is the actual video for Lesson 2 of this lesson series.

It presupposes you can already play a major scale. Nevertheless, it does demonstrate three different one-octave major scale patterns that are used for this exercise/concept:



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