Wednesday, 28 April 2010

12 Dominant 7th Guitar Chords - Number 12

Today we've finally reached the final chord in our series of 12 Guitar Chords every guitarist should know.
Dominant 7th Guitar Chord
G7 guitar chord 12

Here's the fingering for this guitar chord:
G7 guitar chord

This inversion has its root on the G string and uses the notes in this order:
  • F (the b7th)
  • B (the 3rd)
  • D (the 5th)
  • G (the root)
Now we've covered all 12 of the 4 string Dominant 7th guitar chords, go through and make sure you can remember them all and importantly where the root note is for each chord. Practice playing through blues progressions staying in one position, for example you should be able to play each of these blues progressions in at least 4 different positions:

G7 | C7 | G7 | G7 | C7 | C7 | G7 | G7 | D7 | C7 | G7 | D7

and in other keys, in C:
C7 | F7 | C7 | C7 | F7 | F7 | C7 | C7 | G7 | F7 | C7 | G7

in F:
F7 | Bb7 | F7 | F7 | Bb7 | Bb7 | F7 | F7 | C7 | Bb7 | F7 | C7

in E:
E7 | A7 | E7 | E7 | A7 | A7 | E7 | E7 | B7 | A7 | E7 | B7

and so on...

Then experiment with playing melodies by changing inversions, you can build tension up and add interest by using different inversions rather than using the same fingering for every guitar chord.

In future posts we'll have a look at altering these dominant 7th guitar chords to make different chord qualities, for now look through all of the 12th Dominant 7th guitar inversions, practice them in different keys and tune in tomorrow for another guitar chord of the day.