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Alternate A-Styled Barred Dominant 7ths

 

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Introduction to Movable Dominant 7th Chords

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In this lesson we are going to learn an alternate A major shaped barre chord to play Dominant 7th chords.

This shape is close to the original open position A Major chord. All we need to do to add the minor 7th note is hold down the note G on the third fret of the high E string. I do this by barring the other notes of the A major chord and then placing my middle finger on that note G. In order to make this a movable barre chord shape I use my index finger to barre as usual, then I use my middle finger to barre the notes two frets higher that form the A major chord. Finally, I use my pinky to play the added note three frets higher than the barre fret on the high E string.

Now you are ready to try the next step. Slide your hand up the fretboard maintaining the shape of the barre chord! Refer to the image notation to learn which chord you are playing based upon the root note you are holding on the A string.

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