Chord a Day, January 10th - C7

Learn a new chord everyday of January.

PUBLISHED: Jan 1, 2013 • UPDATED: Jan 10, 2020 • LESSON CODE: ULCAD0110 • VISITS: 13

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Chord a Day, January 10th - C7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 10th is C7.

For a further exploration of this chord and its movable form visit the Movable Ukulele Chords series of lessons.

C7 is a Core Chord

A core chord is a basic chord that other chords can be derived from - creating 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 Big Six

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Learn a New Chord a Day Everyday

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 10th is C7.

For a further exploration of this chord and its movable form visit the Movable Ukulele Chords series of lessons.

C7 is a Core Chord

A core chord is a basic chord that other chords can be derived from - creating 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.

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 C7 is:

Recommended Fingering
0 0 0 1

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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

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

The same number notation of TAB can be used to describe the open strings and frets to be played when using text only notation or verbal communications. Using an open position C as an example we can describe it as: 0003 indicating open strings four, three and two with fret (3) being fingered on string one. An open position D7 indicated as 2020.

As you can see that are numerous ways to describe a chord, either verbally, Standard Music Notation , TAB , in text, graphically using a Chord Grid , etc.

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 C7 are:

C E G Bb

The chord tones are the 1 3 5 b7 scale degrees of the parent C 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 C7 is:

Recommended Fingering
0 0 0 1

Alternate Fingering(s)

Here are a few alternate fingerings for today’s C7 chord depending on the context the chord is being used.

Alternate fingering(s) for C7:

  • 0 0 0 2
  • 0 0 0 3
  • 0 0 0 4

Pretty much ANY one of your four fingers can be used to play this chord. — It all depends on the context the chord is functioning within the song or progression. Let the chord's context determine the most efficient fingering to use.

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.

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

Note: A Zero (0) fingering notation represents an open string that doesn't require using a finger.

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 goes a long way to being efficient when switching chords.

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 determining what finger to use. Finger three can overlap finger four and finger two can overlap finger three a little allowing them to get closer to the 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 team.

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 C7 are: C E G Bb

C7 is the 1 3 5 b7 of the C Major Scale based on the root (C) 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 ) and one of the Big Six core chords used to derive other contemporary and jazz chords.

NOTE: A Seventh chord is very often referred to as a Dominant Seventh . This is not always accurate as Dominant — is a chord function and not actually part of a chord name, which is a capital letter and chord type information not it's harmonic function. We don't call a seventh functioning as a I chord in a blues a Tonic Seventh or the IV chord a Sub-Dominant chord, etc...

Next Steps

After memorizing todays C7 chord and able to switch in time with other chords. The next step is adding various Strums , Fingerpicking patterns, and exploring the Movable Chord versions of today's chord, to your ukulele skills.


End of Lesson - Thanks, Hope You Enjoyed It!

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