Minor-Major Seventh (minMaj7) Guitar Chord Diagrams and Theory

What are minor major seventh chords ?

Minor major seventh guitar chords are built by adding a major seventh (7) to a minor triad (1-b3-5) thus giving this formula : root (1), minor third (b3), fifth (5) and major seventh (7). You can think them as minor 7th chords with a major seventh in place of the minor seventh (b7). Minor/major 7 chords are dissonant and unstable, they occur naturally when you harmonized the first degree of the harmonic minor scale and the melodic minor scale.

Minor triad 1 b3 5 X
Minor major 7 chord 1 b3 7
Minor 7 chord 1 b3 b7

 

As it is shown in the charts below, by taking the first (1), the minor third (b3), the fifth (5) and the seventh of the C Harmonic (or melodic) minor scale you get a CminM7 chord.

C Harmonic minor scale C D Eb F G Ab B
Formula 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 7

 

C melodic minor scale C D Eb F G A B
Formula 1 2 b3 4 5 6 7

Drop 2 minor seventh chord voicings

Here are twelve diagrams to play minor Major seventh chord on the guitar respecting the drop 2 voicing chart below.

Root voicing R 5 7 b3
1st inversion (minor third in the bass) b3 7 R 5
2nd inversion (fifth in the bass) 5 R b3 7
3rd inversion (minor seventh in the bass) 7 b3 5 R

 

Drop 2 Minor major 7 chords | Root position and inversions | Bass on E string

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Drop 2 Minor major 7 chords | Root position and inversions | Bass on A string

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Drop 2 Minor major 7 chords | Root position and inversions | Bass on D string

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Last edited: 26/05/2018