Minor-Major Seventh (minMaj7) Guitar Chord Diagrams and Theory
What are Minor Major 7 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 also 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 major 7 chord||1||b3||5||7|
|Minor 7 chord||1||b3||5||b7|
Minor major 7 chords can be written :
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|
|C melodic minor scale||C||D||Eb||F||G||A||B|
Drop 2 minor seventh chord voicings
Here are three guitar diagrams containing 12 shapes to play minor Major seventh chord on the guitar respecting the drop 2 voicing chart below.
|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 3 minor seventh chord voicings
The two guitar diagrams below represent the minor major 7 drop 3 voicings.
|1st inversion (minor third in the bass)||3||R||5||7|
|2nd inversion (fifth in the bass)||5||3||7||R|
|3rd inversion (minor seventh in the bass)||7||5||R||3|
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Last edited: 06/18/2019