The G7 piano chord is often one of the first 7th chords that people learn to play. It's really an important one to learn and understand as it comes up a lot. Especially if you're playing in the key of C, which many beginners are.
Here, you'll learn:
The G7 chord is a type of seventh chord. It's a four note chord as well. This might be your first 4 note chord and in that case, you might feel a bit of a stretch in your hand (but don't worry, that's normal in the beginning).
The notes of the G7 chord are: G B D F.
You can see the G7 chord on the treble clef and on the piano keys below.
One of the big questions that comes up when it comes to chords is which hand do you play what in. And this is especially true when it comes to a chord like G7.
While there is no right or wrong way to play chords in each hand, here are a few things to consider.
Here are some of the ways you could play the G7 chord in your right hand:
Here are some of the ways you could play the G7 chord in your left hand:
Seventh chords definitely have a distinct sound. Some people love it and others actually don't like it much at all. Because G and F are close together, it can create an almost clashing sound - but not quite.
The video below will show you how to play the G7 chord, including which fingers to use, and also how it'll sound.
As G7 is a 4 note chord, it can feel a bit uncomfortable to play - at least in the beginning. It is good to get into the habit of playing this chord with the correct fingering to start with. That will set in place good muscle memory.
The G7 chord piano finger positions are as follows:
Right hand: use finger 1, 2, 4, 5, which is everything but your middle finger, when in root position.
Left hand: use finger 1, 2, 4, 5, which is everything but your middle finger, when in root position.
Once you get comfortable with the chord and start playing it after other chords, you might find you use different finger positions to play it and that's fine. But when setting up your foundation, I'd recommend sticking to this fingering.
One variation of the G7 chord is the suspended seventh chord which can be written any of these ways:
The notes of the G7sus4 chord are: G C D F
This is essentially a G4 / Gsus chord (G C D) with the 7th (F) added on top.
If you're wondering why I keep referring the F as the 7th note, take a look at the theory section below which will explain in.
Now that you understand this chord, it's great to practice it! Here are some chord progressions to help.
G7 Chord Progression 1:
C F G7 C
G7 Chord Progression 2:
C A D G7
G7 Chord Progression 3:
Dm7 G7 C CM7
(Dm7 = D F A C)
(CM7 = C E G B)
Seventh chords are really useful to understand as they come up so often. The great thing is once you have the chord formula and the key signature or scale, you can figure out any 7th chord.
There are a few steps to figuring out 7th chords or the G7 chord in this case.
We want to know what the chord formula is for the G7 chord and we get this from the chord title. In the case of G7, it's the 7 that gives us the formula.
The formula for a 7th chord is the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and lowered 7th notes of the major scale.
Formula: 1, 3, 5, b7
For the G7 chord, we want to know the 1st, 3rd, 5th and lowered 7th notes of the G major scale.
What does "lowered 7th" mean? It means we're taking the note down one semi-tone. So moving down to the left by one note. A sharp becomes a natural ("normal" white note). And a white note becomes a flat.
When we take the formula and apply it to the G major scale we have:
1 = G
3 = B
5 = D
b7 = F
The key of G has a sharp - F# - so when we lower it, go down one semi-tone, it becomes F.
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