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.
Major 7th chord shapes
The 5 shapes below represent a fraction of the possible major 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 one: on the left is basically a root 6 major chord.
variation. The root note on the D string has been dropped
by one fret to make The chord a 7th . The notes on the open
A string and the open E string are muted. Not played.
Shape two: Similarly the shape in the center is basically a root
5 major chord variation. The root note on the G string has been
dropped by one fret to make the chord a 7th . The notes on both open
E strings are muted. Not played.
Shape three: on the right is just another voicing of the chord at shape two.
The root note on the A string is moved to the same fret position on the E string.
Shape four Shape five
Shapes 4 and 5 are variations which fall outside of the standard formats.
Shape 4: has the root note on the D string and can be
moved to any position on the fret board.
Shape 5: The same holds true for this shape.
It has it’s root note on the G string.