The G Major 7 chord (also written as G Maj 7) contains the notes G, B, D and F#. It is produced by taking the root, 3rd, 5th and 7th of the G Major scale. It is essentially a G Major chord, with the 7th note of the Major scale added.
The G Major 7 chord is most commonly played with the root note on the third fret of the sixth string. It is a very popular jazz chord for guitarists, and is paired often with the C Major 7 chord.
The Major 7 chord in general is considered a kind of default chord, as it contains no altered notes of the Major scale (1, 3, 5, 7). It can also be used as a starting point, when figuring out other chords that have the same root note. For example, the G minor 7 chord can be produced by lowering the 3rd and 7th of the G Major 7 chord.
10 Ways To Play The G Major 7 Chord
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Some Quick G Major 7 Chord Theory
- The G Major 7 chord contains the notes G, B, D and F#.
- The G Major 7 chord is produced by taking the 1 (root), 3, 5 and 7 of the G Major scale.
- The G Major 7 chord (just like all Major 7 chords) contains the following intervals (starting from the root note): major 3rd, minor 3rd, major 3rd, semitone (which leads back to the root note).
- The G Major 7 chord is the first chord in the key of G and the fourth chord in the key of D.
- The G Major 7 chord works well with the Em7 chord (relative minor).
- The G Major scale and G Lydian mode can be used when soloing over the G Major 7 chord.