Your solos and rhythm playing will benefit from learning chords across the fretboard – and major 7ths are a great place to start

Nile Rodgers
You’ll notice that major 7th notes appear frequently in Nile Rodgers’ playing (Image credit: Mariano Regidor/Redferns)

Chords can be varied and moved around the fretboard, sometimes opening up the possibility of alternative names due to the different inversions or potential context in a progression. 

I would like to realise that idea more fully by taking the well-loved major 7th chord and shifting it to various positions – with a few alterations here and there. 

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Richard Barrett

As well as a longtime contributor to Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, Richard is Tony Hadley’s longstanding guitarist, and has worked with everyone from Roger Daltrey to Ronan Keating.