Voicing 1 3 5 7

As mentioned before some chords force you to strech your fingers above-average or are simply unplayable when using the voicing 1 3 5 7 ... Anyway, here are the basic 7th chords with the root on A string and in another key with the root on D string. It's still good to know all of the chord shapes, because you may just play parts of the shape one after another instead of the whole shape at once.

Other Voicings

The root doesn't always have to be the lowest note. Especially when playing in a band, where the bass notes are played by a bass player, you may want to use the following voicings for rhythmical accentuations or chord melodies:

  • 5 1 3 7
  • 3 7 1 5
  • 7 3 5 1

If seventh chords are notated as slash chords (e.g. C7/G, Cm7/Eb, etc.), you may prefer voicings with one string skipped (dampened) after the string that plays the root:

  • 3 1 5 7
  • 5 3 7 1
  • 7 5 1 3
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