Sheet Music—recognizing chords

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  • #13971
    dhwuke
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    I understand how to identify triads and their inversions, but how do I identify 7ths (specifically dominant 7ths). For example the F7 chord in the lesson has C# F A and A#. F7 would be F A C Eb. Please explain

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    #13975
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    What lesson is this from? That is labeled wrong, I’ll have to fix it. I have tried my best to notate all chords correctly, although there was a bug in Guitar Pro 6 which would show a natural and a sharp for the same note. As much as I tried to correct it, I wasn’t able to. They have released GP7 and it seems to have resolved some issues.

    #13991
    dhwuke
    Participant

    Thanks for the prompt reply.

    I mis-identified the notes on my original message. The notes shown are D# (=Eb), F, and the 2 A’s. Where is the C? Should one of the A’s be up one space? Like the below

    ________
    bO Eb
    ——–
    O C
    ——–
    O A
    ——-
    O F
    ——-

    The picture was from the download from the beginner’s course, module 3, unit 2.

    DW

    #13993
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Hi DW, I fixed the sheet music, if you want to re-download it. Here is the chord:

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    It contains: F A C Eb (1 3 5 b7)

    There are 2 A’s because the fourth string fret 2 is the same pitch as the open A string.

    Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for pointing this out!

    #14000
    dhwuke
    Participant

    Fingering is 2 3 1 0
    I interpret that as
    A Eb F A
    No C?
    I guess it is a 7th chord because of the Eb
    Personally, I usually play F7 as 2 3 1 3, so it includes the C.
    Any suggestions on how I could easily identify the chord on sheet music as an F7?
    I would normally take a hint from the notes on the right as being the root, but there is also the A.

    #14001
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    The 3rd (A) and 7th (Eb) define a chord. The root (F) and 5th (C) can be omitted. This is something we talk about in our theory course: An Introduction to Music Theory & Jamming. I’d highly recommend to check out the course to learn more about chord theory.

    #14010
    dhwuke
    Participant

    Thanks for your help. I look forward to progressing to the theory course.

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