How’re you doing? Justin here. Welcome to Stage 4 and to start off with we’re gonna be checking out
quite a few new chords. In this one we’re gonna be checking out some 7th chords, specifically we’re gonna be learning G7, C7 and B7. Now, don’t get put off by this 7th thing.
Doesn’t make them any harder than regular chords. Although these ones…kinda mostly use or kind of…
or one’s got a bit of a stretch, one adds another finger, so you might find them a little bit difficult but they’re not .
They’re not hard. In the grand scheme of things having a 7th or not
doesn’t make it any more difficult. Actually, while we’re at it, don’t get confused about
the names of chords at all because this chord (plays) with no fingers on at all
is an A11 with an E bass. So let’s not worry about the big names of stuff, right? Let’s get to a close-up now and check out these new
dominant 7th chords. OK, here we are looking at G7.
Now, G7 is a little bit stretchy. The main issue here is that it’s very similar to a C. There’s a C chord for you and you can see
if you start with a C and you move your first finger down one string
and your second and third fingers up one string, I’m talking physically up there, we end up with: (plays) G7 Very funky sounding chord. Great for Blues
as we’re gonna hear a little bit later. So let’s just go through that again:
first finger thinnest string 1st fret, second finger 2nd fret 5th string which is quite a stretch, third finger reaching over for the 3rd fret
on the thickest string. The main deal here that you wanna watch out for
is the second finger, making sure that it’s not too flat, ’cause if it’s too flat,
then you’ll find that the D string won’t ring out. That’s the 4th string (plays). You’ll get (plays), we want . . . Again, making sure that you strum and pick out and strum . . . That’s your G7. Now, the next chord that we’re gonna check out is C7. So, we already know to get from G to C we just move
our third finger back and there’s two fingers over. And now we’re back to our old friend C. Now luckily, C to a C7 is pretty straight forward.
All we’re doing here, we’re adding the little finger down here
at the 3rd string 3rd fret. That’s it. So it’s just a regular C which I know you know
oh so well by now, adding little finger 3rd string 3rd fret . . . and you got your C7. . . . Very funky little sound. OK and lastly we’ve got here a B7. Now B as regular is kind of a barre chord most of the time.
But we’re lucky here, we get a nice little B7 here which is really good
and it’s used a lot in Blues music this B7. So this is definitely one to check out.
Now, it’s using all four fingers and it’s a little bit difficult but only because it’s a little bit new
and it’s not like many of the other chord shapes we’ve looked at so far but let me go through. So, first finger 1st fret on the 4th string,
second finger 2nd fret on the 5th string, third finger 2nd fret on the 3rd string
and little finger 2nd fret on the thinnest string . . . The big deal here is making sure that your second finger
is nice and round ’cause if it’s too flat (plays) you’ll get a muted D string.
So you wanna keep that nice and round . . . to let that note ring out, the note that your first finger is playing which is the note D# . . . All the rest is pretty straight forward. . . . This is also difficult to get, the open B string ’cause it’s very easy for that third finger to lay
a little bit too close and touch the B string so just be aware of its position there.
Sometimes you might find you need to lift the finger up and kind of adjust whether it’s a little bit higher
or a little bit lower . My fingers kinda naturally go to the right one but only because I’ve done this sort of practice a whole lot. So, you probably wanna adjust that third finger
to get a nice open B string and little finger down on the thinnest string there . . . Now, as you can see none of those dominant chords
are particularly difficult, you know, a little bit; the B7 is a little bit unusual,
you might not have played anything like that before. C7 is pretty straight forward,
it’s just C with another note added in and the G7 is a bit stretchy but not too bad but very,
very cool and useful chords. Great for the Blues if you like Blues.
You use it quite a lot in Folk and other styles, too. So check out those chords
and I’ll see you for another new chord in a minute.