Movable 7th Chords
We include 7th guitar chords with the root note on the 6th string, as well as 7th chords with root notes on the 5th and 4th strings with 5th notes on the 6th and 5th strings respectively.
As long as you know the guitar notes you can play chords in a variety of positions all over the fretboard. These chords are very popular with jazz players as some of the sounds and tonal flavors are amazing.
If you are looking for a C7 chord with a root on the 6th string, you will locate the root note on the 8th fret (C note) and follow the charts accordingly; root note on the 5th string - located on the 3rd fret; root note on the 4th string - located on the 10th fret, etc.
You will notice there are a mixture of open chords and barre chords. Some of the shapes will be very familiar to you, while others may seem a little foreign, but make sure you try them - you may be pleasantly surprised...
Moveable 7th Chords - a variety of shapes
- The most common chord here is the 1st chord - the standard 'A7' shape barre chord. The reason for so many circles with the number 1 is that you have options depending how you want to play it. If you play only strings 2, 3, 4, and 5, you can omit the optional notes, however if you do this, you need to avoid hitting strings 1 & 6. You may want to play the first 5 strings and omit the 6th... the choice is yours.
- If you decide not to use the optional notes, make sure you don't play the string unless that string is a note within the chord and you prefer the sound of it. Again, the choice is yours.
- The second example is easier than the 3rd, as it is hard to avoid string 2 in the 3rd example if you are strumming... both chords are ideal for picking
- The 3rd example is a standard B7 shape played on the first 2 frets in which case you can play the second string... with all other positions you need to omit the second string.
- The second chart is easier than the first, but once you get used to stretching a four fret span, you'll be glad you did. This chord is more suited to higher neck positions as the width of each fret narrows as you move higher up the fretboard.
- You can also use the first finger and play a mini barre on strings 4 & 5. You can even barre strings 1-5 as the lower 3 strings are covered. (pretend you are playing a Dm chord with a 4 or 5 string barre in front of it). If you decide not to use the optional note, avoid playing the string unless the note is part of the chord, in which case you may decide to keep it.