16. Minor 7th chords

So…ah, I give up…what are minor seventh chords?

1. Topics of discussion

In this tutorial we will be discussing minor 7th chords and how one can play them on guitar. So, let’s have some fun.

2. Minor 7th chords explained

Minor seventh chords are formed by adding a flatted seventh note of the major scale formed on the root note of the chord on top of a minor triad. As a result, the formula based on major scale notes for minor seventh chords is the following one:

1 ♭3 5 ♭7

Let’s play the Cm7 in 5 different ways, by using the CAGED system. First off, the C form:

E|-------|
B|---1---|
G|---3---|
D|---1---|
A|---3---|
E|-------|

Here it is played back:

Finger wise, we play it like this:

Cm7_Cform

Let’s move on to the A form:

E|---3---|
B|---4---|
G|---3---|
D|---5---|
A|---3---|
E|-------|

Here it is played back:

Finger wise, we play it like this:

Cm7_Aform

Let’s move on to the G form:

E|---6---|
B|-------|
G|---5---|
D|---5---|
A|---6---|
E|---8---|

Here it is played back:

Finger wise, we play it like this:

Cm7_Gform

Let’s move on to the E form:

E|---8----|
B|---8----|
G|---8----|
D|---8----|
A|---10---|
E|---8----|

Here it is played back:

Finger wise, we play it like this:

Cm7_Eform

Finally, let’s move on to the D form:

E|---11---|
B|---11---|
G|---12---|
D|---10---|
A|--------|
E|--------|

Here it is played back:

Finger wise, we play it like this:

Cm7_Dform

That about covers it for this tutorial. Next time, we are going to take a look at minor 7th flat 5 chords. See you then.

Chord charts generated using this chord generator

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