How to Play an Fmaj7 Chord on the Piano

Major Seventh Chords

Let’s look at how to build an Fmaj7 (“F major seventh”) chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any other major seventh chord.

What Are Major Seventh Chords?

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

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

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 an Fmaj7 Chord

To build an Fmaj7 chord, we’ll start by building an F major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the F major scale: F – A – C

Then we’ll add the seventh note of the F major scale to the chord: E

So to play an Fmaj7 chord, we’ll play:

F – A – C – E

fmaj7 chord piano

We can use this pattern to build any other major seventh chord! First we can build a major chord, then we can add the seventh note of the matching major scale.

Chord Fingering

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

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 an F7 chord is: F – A – C – E♭

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

So an Fmaj7 chord is: F – A – C – E

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 Fm7 chord is: F – A♭ – C – E♭

piano chords chart pdf printable

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 other chord types you can learn are:

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

Conclusion

Now you know how to play an Fmaj7 chord on the piano, and you can use that knowledge to build any other major seventh chord!

Major seventh chords are really pretty, and can be fun to try as chord substitutions for major chords. It’s fun to experiment, and chords give you lots of options!

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