A major 7th chord is constructed by combining the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th tones (notes) of a major scale. This represents an interval combination of root (1st), major third (3rd), perfect fifth (5th) and major seventh (7th). So to form a C major 7th we would use the scale tones C, E, G, and B. The symbols for a major 7th are Major 7, M7 or Maj7. Whenever you see these symbols or names following a piano note (C, D, Eb, etc.), this designates that a major 7th chord is to be played.
All major 7th chords are constructed using this simple rule. With this knowledge you can now form a major 7th piano chord from any tone (note) on the piano. Rather than provide you with more examples here, go to Chordhouse.com piano chord finder and view as many major 7th piano chords as you like. All you have to do is select the chord name (B, F#, Ab, etc.) and then select "Major 7". You can then see how the chord(s) are formed on their "virtual piano keyboard". This will open up a new window so when you are done simply close that page and you will be brought back here.
When you practice these major 7th chords, I recommend you construct them using the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th fingers of your right hand. Thumb (1st), pointer finger (2nd), middle finger (3rd) and pinky (5th). For your left hand I recommend using the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th fingers with your pinky (1st), middle finger (3rd), pointer finger (4th) and thumb (5th). If it is difficult making these chords continuing practicing both your scales and triad chords. Soon you will develop more finger control and flexibility and be able to make the "stretch".
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A friend of mine from a guitar forum posted a clip of Esperanza Spalding performing live from Copenhagen. Her style of jazz singing and playing, well I give her 10+ stars! Those following jazz ought to keep an ear on the bassist ESPERANZA SPALDING, who is going about things her own way.
There are many gifted singers in jazz today, and no shortage of accomplished acoustic bass players. But few jazz artists can be both. Read more about Esperanza
Esperanza likes to say it was an accident that she started playing the bass, and it was a miracle she ever made it to Berklee. It's probably an even bigger miracle that she stayed. But while fate and chance may have played a part in getting Esperanza where she is today, talent like hers is no accident.
http://www.berklee.edu/profiles/spalding.html Take a look and listen for yourself. You ask me why I wrote about a jazz bassist? Well, listen to the piano player. I love how he plays those rootless chords. There is so much air and space in his playing. That's where the expression: "Less is more" is applied. Enjoy! By the way, with her enormous talent, her music dips into samba, bop, straight-up jazz, pop, funk, latin, afro-cuban, and many other territories. See for yourself!
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