Music Theory Lesson

7 vs Maj7 Tones

Difficulty: beginner

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7 (dominant 7th) chords are constructed with the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and b7th notes of the major scale.

Maj7 chords are constructed with the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th notes of the major scale.

It does sometimes trip learners up when they find out a 7 chord includes not a 7, but a b7, but that's how it goes!

D7

R5b73R5b73

This common D7 chord shape is constructed of 1 (R for root), 3, 5, and b7.

Dmaj7

R573R573

This common Dmaj7 chord shape is constructed of 1 (R for root), 3, 5, and 7.