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Using Dominant 7 Chords to Lead The Way On Up


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In this lesson we'll explore how to add a b7 note to a I-chord in order to lead up to the IV-chord. We'll apply this to all the basic country chords.

To make any basic chord a dominant 7 chord, you have to count your way up to the 7th scale degree. That is your â€"major 7” with the pretty and bittersweet sound. If you lower that a half step you have your â€"flat 7” or your dominant 7, which has that familiar bluesy sound.

For G, it works really well to add the b7 in the 1st fret of the high E-string (played with your 1st finger). On top of the bluesy sound the dominant 7 chords also create a strong tension that wants to be resolved. The tension leads to the IV-chord, in this case C.
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