Minor 7 Chord Shapes

minor 7 chord shapesContinuing on from my Major 7 chord shapes post, I’ve transcribed the Minor 7 chord shapes with two root notes – A & E. As I said before, when extending chords further than basic triads it leaves us with a few options on the fret-board. For example – the E minor 7 shape (in A Minor 7) can be played as a 5th fret barre on all strings except the A which is fretted at the 7th fret. An alternative shape or chord voicing could be to take out the high E string and A string and play the remaining strings. The two shapes have very different sounds but are, basically, from the same basic shape and position on the fret-board. This also holds true for the arpeggio shapes.

So included in the transcription are the usual CAGED shapes for each position with a chord box showing the open chord equivalent (some shapes weren’t possible to do this with due to standard tuning so I’ve just included a practical barre chord shape in the box and tabbed a slightly different voicing below) to link each shape back to it’s original name at the open position in standard tuning. I’ll go into the ‘playing for real’ side of these chords and arpeggios in an Improvisation post later but just a look at the chord tones in each hints at their creative potential.

Minor 7 Chord Shapes

A Minor 7 – A,C,E & G. Can be looked at as simply an A Minor 7 arpeggio as tabbed or an A Minor triad (A,C,E) mixed in with a C Major triad (C,E,G)

And the same with E Minor 7 – E Minor 7 Arpeggio (E,G,B & D) or an E Minor triad (E,G,B) and a G Major triad (G,B,D)

Here is the transcription for A Minor 7 –

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And E Minor 7 –

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