How to Play a B Flat Seventh Chord on the Piano

Seventh Chords

Let’s look at how to build a B flat seventh chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any other seventh chord.

What Are Seventh Chords?

Seventh chords are major chords with an added note. The added note is the seventh note of the matching major scale, lowered 1/2 step.

Major chords are built using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale (learn how to build a major scale here). To convert a major chord into a seventh chord, we’ll add the seventh note of the matching major scale, lowered 1/2 step.

How to Play a B Flat Seventh Chord

To build a B flat seventh chord, we’ll first build a B flat major chord. We can build a B flat major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the B flat major scale: B♭ – D – F

Then we’ll find the seventh note of the B flat major scale, A, and lower it 1/2 step to A♭, before adding it to the chord.

So to play a B flat seventh chord, we’ll play:

B♭ – D – F – A

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You can use this pattern to play any seventh chord on the piano. First play a major chord, then find the seventh note of the matching major scale, and lower it 1/2 step.

Chord Fingering

If this chord is played with the right hand, you can use fingers 1 – 2 – 3 – 5. If played with the left hand, you can use fingers 5 – 3 – 2 – 1(thumb’s are 1’s).

Other Seventh Chords

Since there are different types of seventh chords, it can help to compare their differences:

Seventh chords are major chords with an added note. The added note is the seventh note of the matching major scale, lowered 1/2 step.

So a B♭7 chord is: B♭ – D – F – A♭

Major seventh chords are major chords with an added note. The added note is the seventh note of the matching major scale.

So a B♭maj7 chord is: B♭ – D – F – A

Minor seventh chords are minor chords with an added note. The added note is the seventh note of the matching major scale, lowered 1/2 step.

So a B♭m7 chord is: B♭ – D♭ – F – A♭

chord types piano printable pdf

Chord Types Printable

Learn to play 17 types of piano chords using 12 different root notes with this 34-page PDF! Chords are sorted both by their root note (C, D, E, etc.) and type (major, minor, augmented, diminished, etc.).

Other Chord Types

Some other chord types you can learn are:

Major
Minor
Augmented
Diminished
Second
Minor Second
Suspended
Fifth
Sixth
Minor Sixth
Minor Seventh
Major Seventh
Ninth
Minor Ninth
Major Ninth

Conclusion

Now you know how to build a B flat seventh chord on the piano, and you can use this knowledge to build any other seventh chord!

Using chords to learn and play the piano is a wonderful way to be creative and enjoy music!

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