This lesson is about a very popular chord in guitar playing – the B7 chord.
A seventh chord contains one extra note than our standard 3 note triad (major, minor chords). The extra note, which we refer to as the seventh, adds a certain tension to the chord and therefore needs to be resolved, ie, followed by another chord that relieves the tension. This particular chord finds its resolution in two chords – E major and Em, but more on that another time…
The B7 Chord
We play five strings in this chord, starting on the A string. Do not play the thick E string.
The root note is coloured red, indicating it is the note B.
On TAB, it looks like this:
It sounds like this:
Try playing the B7 chord along with the track below. You’ll also find the chord chart below.
- As with the BIG EIGHT chords, don’t worry about the rhythm, just strum each chord once at the beginning of the bar to allow yourself time to practice the changes.
- Aim for clarity and no buzzing.
- Be patient – it takes a little while to master these chords!
I’ll see you next time – happy playing!
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