How to Play a D7 Chord on the Piano

Seventh Chords

Let’s look at how to play a D7 (D seventh) chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for playing any 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.

So to build a seventh chord, we’ll start by building a major chord. Major chords are built using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale (learn how to build a major scale here).

Then we’ll find the seventh note of the matching major scale and lower it 1/2 step.

How to Play a D7 Chord

Now let’s build the D7 chord on the piano. We’ll start by building a D major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the D major scale: D – F♯ – A.

Then we can find the seventh note of the D major scale, C♯, and lower it 1/2 step to C.

So to play a D7 chord, we’ll play:

D – F♯ – A – C

d7 chord piano

You can use this pattern to build any seventh chord. First build a major chord by playing the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale. Then find the seventh note of the same scale, and lower it 1/2 step.

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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 D7 chord is: D – F♯ – A – C

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

So a Dmaj7 chord is: D – F♯ – A – C♯

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 Dm7 chord is: D – F – A – C

Other Chord Types

There are many other chord types you can learn. Here are some others:

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 D7 chord on the piano, and you can use that knowledge to build any seventh chord.

Using patterns to build chords is a wonderful way to learn the piano, since the patterns can be applied again and again, starting on any note!

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