Drop 2 Major seventh chords (Maj7) | Guitar diagrams | Root positions & inversions

Major seventh chords

Chord formulas chartMajor seventh chords consist of a root (1), a major third (3), a perfect fifth (5) and a major seventh (7). They are built by stacking thirds (major and minor). Jazz harmony is (traditionally) founded on chords constructed in thirds. Let's take a C major seventh chord. It is made up of C, E, G and B. You can notice that the interval between the first two notes is a major third. The interval between the second (E) and third note (G) is a minor third. And to finish the interval between G and B is a major third. This is how a major seventh chord is built. 

The other way to build major 7 chords is to take the first (1), the third (3), the perfect fifth (5) and the major seventh (7) of the major scale. For example. The major scale formula is: root (1), second (2), major third (3), fourth (4), fifth (5), sixth (6) and seventh (7). You just have to take the first, the third, the fifth and the seventh of any major scale and you will get a major seventh chord.

As it is shown below you can see that the C major 7 chord has an additional note (the seventh) in comparison with the basic major chord.

C major scale  C D E F G A B
Formula 1 2 (9) 3 4 (11) 5 6 (13) 7
C major chord C X E X G X X
C major seventh chord C X E X G X B

  

Abbreviated chord symbols

There are several different ways of writing the same chord or scale sound.It is often complicated for a jazz student to become familiar with all the nomenclatures for writing chords. The most used symbols for major seventh chords (example in C) are CM7, C∆ and maj7. 

Drop 2 major seventh chord voicings

Drop 2 chords ?

Drop 2 chords are the most popular chord voicings used in jazz guitar. They are built by dropping the second highest note of a four-notes close chord to the bass. Major seventh close chord formula is 1-3-5-7 that gives the following drop 2 chord formula 5-1-3-7.

What is an inverted chord ?

The root of an inverted chord is not in the bass. In other words, it means that the notes of a chord are inverted. As you can see in the guitar diagrams above, there can be a third, a fifth or a seventh in the bass. Here are the four drop 2 major seventh chord voicings (The term "voicings" refers to the order of notes in a chord).

Root position  R 5 7 3
1st inversion (third in the bass) 3 7 R 5
2nd inversion (fifth in the bass) 5 R 3 7
3rd inversion (seventh in the bass) 7 3 5 R

Drop 2 Major 7 chords | Root position and inversions | Bass on 6th string

Root position # 1

Major seventh guitar chord root 6 1 1

1st inversion (third in the bass)

Major seventh guitar chord root 6 2 1

2nd inversion (fifth in the bass)

Major seventh guitar chord root 6 3 2

 

3rd inversion (Seventh in the bass)

Major seventh guitar chord root 6 4 1

 

Drop 2 Major 7 chords | Root position and inversions | Bass on 5th string

Root position # 2

Major seventh guitar chord root 6

1st inversion (third in the bass)

Major seventh guitar chord root 5 2

2nd inversion (fifth in the bass)

Major seventh guitar chord root 5 3

3rd inversion (Seventh in the bass)

Major seventh guitar chord root 5 4

Drop 2 Major 7 chords | Root position and inversions | Bass on 4th string

Root position # 3

Major seventh guitar chord root 4

1st inversion (third in the bass)

Major seventh guitar chord root 4 2

2nd inversion (fifth in the bass)

Major seventh guitar chord root 4 3

3rd inversion (Seventh in the bass)

Major seventh guitar chord root 4 4

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