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The cmaj7 chord is one of the most versatile chords you can learn, and is used in many styles of music including jazz, funk, blues and pop.
In this post we’re going to show you how to quickly and easily form the cmaj7 chord on guitar using some simple diagrams and videos. We’ll also take a look at some common cmaj7 chord progressions and songs where it’s used.
This is what a cmaj7 chord looks like on the guitar:
cmaj7 chord for guitar in different forms, diagrams and theory.
Cmaj7 is the first chord of the scale and the root note of Cmaj7 chord.
The notes that the Cmaj7 chord consists of are C, E, G, B.
Cmaj7 can be played with fingers 1-3-4-2 or 1-2-3-5 as shown in the Cmaj9 chord diagram below.
If you want to learn more about cmaj7 chords, check out my course on advanced cmaj9 chords.
The next free guitar chord lesson provides a complete overview over all movable major 9th chords that you need to know when playing jazz guitar in a band setting.
For example, if you want to play a c mj7 chord in 7th position (on the 7th fret) then you would have to move up one fret and play a D maj9 chord instead:
Before we begin, the first thing I want you to do is to read through these 3 parts:
Guitar Chord Theory Basics
Guitar Tabs Used In This Tutorial
How To Read Guitar Chords
The cmaj7 chord is one of those chords where the guitar tab notation is somewhat different from the standard notation. This is something that happens often with 7th chords (and also for instance with 9th chords). In standard notation there are many different ways to write a cmaj7 chord, but in guitar tab there is only one way.
So, let’s check out the most common ways of writing a cmaj7 chord in standard notation:
The C major scale consists of the notes C D E F G A and B. The seventh note in the scale is B. If we lower the seventh note by a half step (one fret), we get Bb which is the b7 of the C major scale. Chord construction: major chord + minor 7th
Chords in the key of C major:
C maj7 Dmin7 Emin7 Fmaj7 G7 Amin7 Bminb5
Cmaj7 is a four-note chord. The chord is often abbreviated as Cmaj7.
The guitar strings 3(G), 2(B), 1(e) are left open.
If, instead of using fingers to make the chord, you use a pick to strum just the top five strings (that is, strings 1-5, eBGDAe), you will be playing a power chord in root position (which technically is not a seventh chord at all).