often searching for the Cmaj7 chord, which is a musician's
abbreviation for "C major seventh chord."
The reason for
this difficulty is that most chords in popular sheet music are three note
chords, which are easy to use and remember, but the maj7 chords
are made of four notes.
Think of chords
as Lego blocks, stacked vertically.
Here's a C
major chord, upon which the Cmaj7 chord is based:
The keys are
stacked from the bottom, starting on, say, Middle C.
To make a Cmaj7
chord, just skip a white key after the top note (G) and add one
more key, (B) like this:
note that three keys skipped in between the G and the B. Thus
the identifying feature of any maj7 chord is that skip of three
keys (black and/or white) after the top note of the three note
chord before the fourth added note at the
process is PIANO BY NUMBER:
C major chord =
C maj7 chord =
The Cmaj7 chord
appears in popular sheet music starting in the 1930s, and is in
common use today in every style.
Click here to
visit the PIANO CHORD DICTIONARY and play
with the Cmaj7 chord.