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Hello, fervent guitar learners of the Simply Guitar community! Today, we’re shifting our lens towards a chord that’s a blues and jazz mainstay – the intriguing D7 chord in open position. Dripping with a touch of tension and anticipation, D7 is a chord every guitarist will cherish in their repertoire. Let’s embark on this melodic journey together!

What is the D7 Chord?

The D7, or D dominant seventh chord, exudes a slightly restless, bluesy flair. It’s a chord that often seeks resolution, making it a favourite for creating musical tension and release. Comprising the notes D, F♯, A, and C, it’s an aural treat that’s sure to captivate your listeners.

Intervals of the D7 Chord:

  • Root (R): D
  • Major 3rd (3): F♯
  • Perfect 5th (5): A
  • Minor 7th (b7): C

A deep dive into these intervals unveils the intriguing construction of this melodically rich chord.

How to Play the D7 Chord in Open Position:

  1. Begin with your index finger on the 1st fret of the B (2nd) string, sounding the C note.
  2. Your middle finger finds its place on the 2nd fret of the G (3rd) string, ringing out the A note.
  3. Place your ring finger on the 2nd fret of the high E (1st) string, capturing the F♯ note.
  4. Let the D (4th) string play openly, providing the root of the chord.
  5. Strum from the D (4th) string downwards, immersing yourself in the bluesy aura of the D7 chord.

Pro Tips for a Clean D7 Chord:

  • Keep fingers close to the frets for optimal sound clarity.
  • Proper finger arching ensures adjacent strings aren’t unintentionally muted.
  • As with all chords, consistent practice fosters proficiency and muscle memory.

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Parting Notes:

The D7 chord, with its unique blend of musical tension and soul, is a gem every guitarist should treasure. With Simply Guitar as your guide, every chord, strum, and melody becomes an enlightening experience. Here’s to your ever-expanding musical canvas!

This lesson is from the Pick Up The Guitar: Beginners course at Simply Guitar

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