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Cmaj7 PIANO CHORD

Beginners are 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:

G

E

C

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:

B

G

E

C

You'll also 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 top.

The same process is PIANO BY NUMBER:

C major chord =

5

3

1

 

C maj7 chord =

7

5


3

1

The Cmaj7 chord appears in popular sheet music starting in the 1930s, and is in common use today in every style.

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By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2011 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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