Major Seventh Chords
Let’s look at how to play a Dmaj7 (D major seventh) chord on the piano. We’ll also look at the pattern for building any major seventh chord.
What Are Major Seventh Chords?
To build a major 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 to convert the major chord into a major seventh chord, we’ll add the seventh note of the matching major scale.
How to Play a Dmaj7 Chord
Then we’ll add the seventh note of the D major scale, C♯.
So to play a Dmaj7 chord, we’ll play:
D – F♯ – A – C♯
Other Chord Types
Now you know how to build a Dmaj7 chord on the piano, and you can use that knowledge to build any other major seventh chord.
Piano chords are a wonderful way to learn and enjoy the piano!