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Chords With a Jazz Twist

By Eric Hufschmid


Hey guys,

In today’s lesson we’re going to look at how a jazz guitarist would go about playing 7th chords. They are actually different than the shapes we’ve shown you because they typically eliminate barring and strip down the number of notes. In jazz, often playing less is more, so jazz players prefer chords with fewer notes in the voicings.

Enjoy these shapes! They are essential for the jazz guitarist!


Memorize these various chord shapes. Then, quiz yourself by being able to play the following chords using these new shapes:

F major 7


C minor 7

E minor 7 b5



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