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Chord a Day, January 4th - G7 FREE LESSON
Published: 2013-01-01 Updated: 2015-12-23 00:00:00 • 1863

Chord a Day, January 4th - G7

Learn a new chord everyday of January.

by Curt Sheller, Curt Sheller Publications

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 4th is G7.

G7 is a Core Chord

A core chord is a basic chord that other chords can be derived from - created new chords from your known chords. Your ever expanding set of core chords creates a solid foundation for playing music on ukulele or any instrument capable of playing chords. There are just far too many chord shapes to memorize all the possibilities. Some chords you can simply create on the fly as needed based on known information and how chords work.

Chord Type(s): Major 4-part
Chord Categories: Open Position 4-part

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Related Lesson: Understanding a Chord Diagram

Open Position chords typically do not show the location of the root or letter name of the chord as these chords are the first chords a ukulele player learns and are almost entirely learned by shape and sound - hopefully, the chords' name. Later on one develops the ability to determine the location of the chord root(s) or letter name within the chord.

Standard Music Notation and TAB
C Tuning - High 'G' and Low 'G' Tunings

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Standard music notation and TAB for C Tuning, Low and High "G" variations

Chord Spelling

Chord Spelling is simply knowing what the notes of a chord are. The notes of all chords can be determined from its corresponding major scale based on the root of the chord.

The notes for G7 are:

G B D F

These are the 1 3 5 b7 scale degrees of the parent G major scale.

Recommended Fingering

LH_fingersAll though additional fingerings are possible for many chords. Fingering for any given chord depends on the harmonic context the chord is being used in, what was the previous chord and what's the next chord.

Although you can play any chord with any finger as long as it's your, the recommended fingering for G7 is:

Recommended Fingering
0 1 2 3

Alternate Fingering(s)

Here are a few alternate fingerings for today’s G7 chord depending on the context the chord is being used.

Alternate fingering(s) for G7:

  • 0 3 2 4

Fingering Notation

Fingering of a chord using text only, without using a chord grid is typically done using the finger numbers from left to right, string four to string one. Here is the text notation for January 1st C chord.

The Typical text representation of a chord fingering without a chord grid.

Note: A Zero (0) fingering notation represents an open string that no finger is required.

Photos

Photos typically are NOT a good way to show a chord as they can't always show efficient chord fingering. If you're using efficient fingering and keeping all the fingers over the fingerboard and ready to go and as close to the action as possible. You might not be able to see in the photo if a finger is actually being used to play a given chord. This is true for most chord photos and in the photos for the open position C chord I took for January 1. I kept the other fingers out of the way for the photo and that is not how I would actually play those chords.

My pinky, finger four is not actually playing a note it is hovering over the fingerboard ready to spring into action when needed. Keep your fingers close at all time and ready to go.

Fingering Chords

Additional alternate fingerings might be possible for selected chords. If there isn't an overwhelming musical reason for one fingering over another, let efficiency be the determining factor. Something as simple as longer fingers can reach the lower string four and three.

Factors such as playing notes right behind the fret takes less effort than in the middle of the fret. Less effort leads to overall efficiency in play, lower maintenance for maintaining your technique and efficiency leads to speed. This can help in determine what finger to use. Finger three can overlap finger four and finger two and overlap finger three a little allowing them to get closer to their fret.

Remember – the thumb's primary role is to support the fingers – not play notes. Think of the thumb as a Stagehand. He is unseen, doesn't get any lines BUT is a critical member of the show.

Chord Construction, Notes and Intervals

ALL chords can be be constructed based on the their intervals relative to the major scale of the root or letter name of the chord. The individual names of the notes of the chord can also be determined from the same scale.

The chord tones for G7 are: G B D F

G7 is the 1 3 5 b7 of the G Major Scale based on the root (G) of the chord.

7th (pronounced Seventh)

A partial seventh chord can be created by lowering the Root of a major chord two frets.

A seventh chord as a 4-part chord ( 1 3 5 b7 ) is one of the Big Six core chords used to derive other contemporary and jazz chords.

Next Steps

After memorizing todays G7 chord and able to switch in time with other chords. The next step is adding various strums and fingerpicking patterns to your ukulele skills.

End of Lesson

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