Major Seventh Chords
Let’s look at how to play a Gmaj7 chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any major seventh chord.
What Are Major Seventh Chords?
To build a major seventh chord we can 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).
How to Play a Gmaj7 Chord
Then we’ll add the seventh note of the G major scale, F♯.
So to play a Gmaj7 chord, we’ll play:
G – B – D – F♯
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 Chord Types
Here are some other chord types you can learn:
Now you know how to play a Gmaj7 chord on the piano, and you can use that knowledge to build any major seventh chord.
Using patterns to build chords lays a wonderful foundation for playing the piano freely and creatively!