This section now looks at open string movable shape 7th chords
As the keys incorporate more sharp and flat notes it becomes increasingly
difficult to finger all the relevant notes in an open format.
Due to this factor these chords, tend to re-occur in specific patterns.
The following series of illustrations will show some of these shapes.
Dominant 7th chord shapes
The 6 shapes below represent a fraction of the possible dominant 7th variations
available to the guitarist. These however are some of the most common shapes
currently in popular use.
Shape one Shape two Shape three
Shape 1: This shape on the left is basically an A major chord with the root note
on the E string has been dropped by two notes. This note on the scale falls
between the 6th and 7th notes and is counted as a flattened or minor 7th note.
This chord becomes the dominant 7th .
It can be placed in any position on the fret board.
Shape 2: The center shape is simply a variation of the root 6 dominant 7th chord.
The fingering differs from the root 6 chord in that the A and E strings are left open.
Shape 3: The shape on the right is a unique one in it’s own right. It can be moved
round the fret board. In is simply an open C major chord with an added flattened or minor
7th note on the G string.
Shape four Shape five Shape six
Shape 4: On the left is the standard root 4 chord shape.
The root note on the B string is lowered by two frets.
This chord can moved around the fret board as required.
Shape 5: In the center this chord is a root 5 example which can
be moved around the fret board as required. The root note on the
G string is lowered by 2 frets to create this shape.
Shape 6: On the right is basically an open G7 variation.
This shape is played at the open position With the root note on the
E string lowered by two frets.