I absolutely LOVE major 7th chords!

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  1. tap4154

    tap4154 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I just gravitate to songs that have major 7th chords, discuss.
     
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    It’s a very...hot or cold chord form. Phases in and out of popularity. I tend to like them as well. Used in moderation. Like once per tune, maybe twice at most. Can really punctuate, as it’s not a chord everyone expects these days.
     
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    Yes sir, very easy to do. Every song and progression I gravitate to has a lush maj7th chord in it somewhere, especially cmaj7th in the key of e minor. I had to set a limit on them at a point because they were finding their way into everything I played and wrote. I had to strive to do more stuff with dominant chords to get away from the dreamy sound. I know exactly where you are coming from haha.

    Currently that’s how I’m feeling with 9s in chords. Like e minor9 or a minor add 9.

    Favorite cmaj7th moments off the top of my head ?

    Pink Floyd welcome to the machine
    Beatles I’m only sleeping
    Eagles one of these nights
    David Gilmour on and island
    Steely Dan aja
    Bread guitarman

    Tons of others that are so tasty too. Play on friend !
     
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    Yes I agree, if you use it too much it takes away from the effect. It’s more dramatic used with care
     
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    micpoc Friend of Leo's

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    I do as well, but I am not a big fan of the 1-3-5-7 voicing, like the standard CM7 chord.
     
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    I love em’, too.
    I know all kinds of ways to make’ em, too.
    Ain’t I special!;)
     
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    Nice sounding chord but overuse will have you sounding like late 70s soft rock. :)
     
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    When I'm playing country I use the IVmaj7 (Fmaj7 in the key of C) when there is an E in the melody line in that measure. I play fingerstyle so it doesn't sound like a maj7 chord so much as a passing note, but left to resonate, it fills space quite nicely. I occasionally use maj7 chords as final chords, usually as the last chord in a chord solo. There are some songs where it just works. Over use of maj7 chords reminds me of playing standards out of fake books for old folks back in the mid 60's. Tastefully used, a maj7 chord can add harmonic complexity without jarring dissonance.
     
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    I'm gonna dissent. A major 7th is just a half-baked, feeble attempt at dissonance. You know you want to play the Dom7, that's what we all want.
     
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    Wichita Lineman, Ventura Highway, The Rain Song, Pink Floyd, Christmas Time Is Here, Riveria Paridise, on and on and on,

    A magical chord.
     
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    Careful, it’s a gateway chord. Next thing you know you’ll be playing m11s and Dom13s...
     
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    Dom7 is a good ol stinky sound that I also love. Vamping on a c7 to g7 I feel like I’m sitting on my porch with a piece of straw in my mouth with one squinted eye.

    People will start a forum here saying dom7s are just old grumpy telecaster chords !
     
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    It’s a gateway chord.

    Awesome!

    Cheers,
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    Yeah well, get off my lawn with your jazz chords and your multiple voicings! Don Rich never needed no maj7 chords and if he did he can get off my lawn too.
     
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    My cat likes Maj7 chords too. :)

    She'll come out when I'm playing and stand near the speaker, and I watch her reaction to different chords and sounds. When I play a 'pretty' chord like a Maj7, she looks most happy, eyes half-lidded, listening with apparent pleasure.

    Distortion and brittle twang, not so much; she plods out of the room. Hmph!
     
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    Me exactly!
    The last tune I wrote has ALL its chords in maj7, except for the last one.
    And I absolutely love 9 chords too, wether major or minor, especially to end a tune or a phrase.
    In that matter, I tend to not use « add » chords that much because the older I get, the more I think simpler is better: IMO too many notes in one chord « drowns the fish » as we say in French.
     
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    Just googled it and played a few major 7th chords, I'm sure they have their place.
     
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    They have their moments...most chords do, not that I'm a jazzman or anything, hell, I have a book of chords, never heard of most of 'em, a lot sound bad out of context (played solo as opposed to properly placed in an appropriate song)...but I'm a simple guy
     
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