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[Solved] What is the E7 chord?  


I'm working on CAGED chords, and in some charts I see the chord E7. I know this isn't a major or minor 7. I sometimes see Edim7, are they the same thing?

Topic starter Posted : 16/08/2018 12:14 pm

Hey Paul!

We're getting into the slightly murky world of 'musical slang' here.

In general, I see E7 as E dominant 7 as, or E major with a minor 7.

Major 7 = 1, 3, 5, 7

Minor 7 = 1, 3b, 5, 7b

Dominant 7 (E7)= 1, 3, 5, 7b

Hope that helps?

I have seen E7 used for E major 7, depending on your situation you'll need to:

  • Use your ears (maj and dom 7 sound very different!)
  • Ask for clarification
  • Check if there are chord charts available for what you are playing.

It's been a while since I wrote it, but this blog: https://www.zaidcrowe.co.uk/building-on-guitar-chords-for-beginners/  may help too 🙂


Edit, I also just found this rather useful table (see attachements) which might help with the other 7th chords:   https://www.musictheoryacademy.com/understanding-music/seventh-chords/

This post was modified 2 years ago 2 times by Zaid
Posted : 16/08/2018 12:32 pm

That's great thank you!

Topic starter Posted : 16/08/2018 4:18 pm
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