How to Play an E Flat 7 Chord on the Piano

Seventh Chords

Let’s look at how to play an E flat 7 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 an E Flat 7 Chord

So to build an E flat 7 chord, we’ll first build an E flat major chord. We can build an E flat major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the E flat major scale: E♭ – G – B♭

Then to convert the major chord into a seventh chord, we’ll find the seventh note of the E flat major scale, D, and lower it 1/2 step: D♭

So to play an E flat 7 chord, we’ll play:

E♭ – G – B♭ – D♭

e flat 7 chord piano

We can use this pattern to build any other seventh chord! We’ll build a major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale. Then we’ll find the seventh note of the matching major scale, lower it 1/2 step, and add it to the chord.

Chord Fingering

To play this chord with your right hand, we can use fingers 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 (thumbs are 1’s). To play this chord with your left hand, we can use fingers 5 – 3 – 2 – 1.

Other Seventh Chords

There are different types of seventh chords, so it can be helpful 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 an E flat 7 chord is: E♭ – G – B♭ – D♭

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

So an E flat major 7 chord is: E♭ – G – B♭ – D

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 an E flat minor 7 chord is: E♭ – G♭ – B♭ – D♭

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Chord Types Printable

Learn to play 17 types of piano chords using 12 different root notes with this 35-page PDF! Chords are sorted both by their root note and type.

Other Chord Types

Some of the 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 an E flat 7 chord on the piano, and you can use that knowledge to build any other seventh chord!

It’s fun to learn how to play different kinds of chords, since learning new chord types gives you more options when playing creatively!

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