Friday, November 28, 2014

Chord "Deux" Jour Challenge: F#maj7 and A#m7

The Chord "Deux" Jour Challenge means learning or expanding upon two chords per day for 49 days (USA Thanksgiving off). Check out the full list here.

Each chord map attempts to appeal to both beginners and intermediate/advanced guitarists and keyboardists. Simple chord shapes for beginners are provided with the following finger system:

1 index finger
2 middle finger
3 ring finger
4 little finger
o play open string
x do not play open string
( bar one finger over more than one string
T that rare occasion that I recommend you use your thumb to fret a note (which probably won't show up during the Challenge)

First chord: F-sharp (major) major 7th, or F#maj7:

Guitarists, if your fingers feel crowed at the D and G strings, you should use your middle finger's fingertip to create a small barre over those two notes. Personally, whenever I have to play a maj7 chord with the root on the low E string, I just fret and play the low E, A, and D notes. For the above chord, omitting the major 3rd would create a F#maj7(no 3rd) chord.

Next chord: A-sharp minor (minor) 7th, or A#m7:

Guitarists, another simple chord voicing for A#m7 would be the Am7-shape barre chord at the 1st fret.

Two more tomorrow. Cheers!

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