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Make Your Chords Sound 'Fancy'

How to practice and use 7th chords in your songs

Lisa Witt - Aug 16, 2019

7th chords are so beautiful and common in music. They can instantly transform the sound of a basic chord to make it more fancy and 'dreamy'.

 

If you're not sure about 7th chords and how to make them - check out our previous blog post.

 

So you know how to play a 7th chord. But how do you actually USE them in songs?

 

I have some great tips on ways to make practicing 7th chords fun and musical. It'll also help you to incorporate 7th chords into your playing.

 

The chords and progression we'll be using


We're in the key of D, and we're using a progression I'll call the 4-3-2-1 progression.

 

So we'll be using the first four chords in the D Major scale.

Those are:

 

D - Em - F#m - G

 

And because we're practicing 7ths we need to make them all 7ths. So they'll be:

 

DMaj7 - Em7 - F#m7 - GMaj7

 

What do actually do with them

 

The first exercise is to play these 7th chords in a broken, descending pattern. Start with the 4 (The GMaj7) and work your way back down to the DMaj7.

 

Now you might be thinking, "This sounds familiar!" And you'd be right! Can you name the popular song that uses this progression? Comment below to let me know.

 

Some technical things to remember


Your wrist is a really important part of these exercises. Remember to rotate it slightly as you play the broken chords, that will allow you to play them faster, and it will remove tension in your fingers. Also, remember to sit up with your back straight!

 

Make it sound dreamy


Now that we've played the chords in a 4-3-2-1 pattern, it's time to mix them up. Play around with these four chords and experiment with different progression orders. Try playing some of the chords broken up, and others as full chords.

 

Also, try experimenting with chord inversions. Remember -- the 7th does NOT always have to be at the top of the chord!

 

Check out our other blog post for ways to invert your 7th chords.

 

And have fun making your chords sound dreamy!

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Hi, I'm Lisa Witt

Lisa has taught in a variety of settings from beginners just getting started to recording artists preparing their songs for the road. While her background is classical, she loves helping students play the music they love by ear and is excited to be a part of YOUR journey.