5.19.2013

Advanced Jazz Guitar Chords: Major and Minor


I've already written a post on the simpler jazz guitar chords in the sixth, fifth and fourth string forms. This time we're going to narrow things down a little more and focus on just the major and minor jazz chords.

They'll still all be in C, since each chord is movable and can apply to any fret on the fretboard.

For both the minor and major chords we'll cover the 6th and 7th version of each chords, so you'll get the following:

  • Major 6th

  • Major 7th

  • Minor 6th

  • Minor 7th 

It sounds kind of involved and complex, but these chords aren't terribly difficult if you can handle basic bar chord shapes, and perhaps a little bit of extra stretching.

Major 6th Jazz Chords

Jazz Guitar Chords
Cmaj6 - 10th Fret Form
Jazz Guitar Chords
Cmaj6 - 2nd Fret Form
Jazz Guitar Chords
Cmaj6 - 7th Fret Form
Every chord is a C chord, but just because of its place on the fretboard. If you want to change the note of the chord, simply move the entire chord (transpose it) to another fret.

Major 7th Jazz Chords

Jazz Guitar Chords
Cmaj7 - 10th Fret Form
Jazz Guitar Chords
Cmaj7 - 3rd Fret Form
Jazz Guitar Chords
Cmaj7 - 8th Fret Form
The seventh chords are going to be little simpler than the sixth, since there's less stretching required for your ring and pinky finger.

Minor 6th Jazz Chords

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Minor 7th Jazz Chords

Jazz Guitar Chords
Cmin7 - 10th Fret Form
Jazz Guitar Chords
Cmin7 - 3rd Fret Form
Jazz Guitar Chords
Cmin7 - 8th Fret Form

There are a few other major and minor jazz chords, including 9th and 11th variations. We've also got the dominant and diminished chords to contend with, which I'll cover in another post.

These jazz chords do involve some tough stretching in some cases, but since they're all movable, you'll have a lot at your finger tips if you learn these and the basic jazz chords that I mentioned earlier.

I've talked a lot about how to practice chords, and this is going to be pretty much the same procedure.

Just be sure to work on moving each chord, especially if jazz guitar chords are new to you, as they'll be more difficult to move than the chords that you're used to.

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