Jazz Guitar Chord Chart #2

Altered Dominants and Diminished 7th

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Welcome to this online jazz guitar chord chart. You’ll find every chord shape you need to get started. If not, please let me know by posting a question or a comment (at the bottom of this page) and I’ll get back to you shortly…

Please note that this chart is only for chords in root position (meaning that the tonic / bass is the lowest note). Chord inversions are not discussed on this page. Also note that not all chords are created equal. In this jazz guitar chord chart, only one possible way of addressing such a chord voicing has been posted. And it might just not be your favorite way. :-)

Only use what sounds good and practical to you. As we say, take the rest, leave the best! (or is it the opposite?)

On this page you’ll find these chords:

Diminished 7th
(seen with a “o7″ sign)

Altered dominants
(7th chords
with b9 or #9
or b5 or #5
or #11 or b13)

… and in the jazz guitar chord chart #1 you’ll find …

Major
(7th and 6th)
Minor
(7th, 6th, 9th and 11th)
Dominant
(7th, 9th and 13th)
Minor 7th (b5)
(aka half-diminished)

Want all those chords in a convenient PDF? Download it here…

 

Why All Chords in “C” ?

Yes, I know. All the chords on this page are movable chord shapes. I have indicated the “C” (root of chord) in red color. As long as you know what the bass note is, you will be able to use any chord shape in 12 keys!

For example: a basic C major 7th shape at the third fret becomes a Fmaj7 when played at the 8th fret…

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This is called transposition. It’s easy on the guitar (at least when you know the notes on the biggest strings of the instrument.)

Diminished

How to identify diminished 7th chords… often printed on charts as :

  • dim7
  • diminished(b5)
  • with this symbol :

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circle (or degree sign), meaning “fully-diminished”)

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Since diminished chords are symmetrical structure (construction = 3 stacked minor triads) all the notes in the voicing can considered to be the root. It’s means that Cdim7 = Ebdim7 = Gbdim7 = Adim7.

Altered Dominants

How to identify altered dominants : they are “plain 7th” chords with one or more sharp or flat notes in between parenthesis.

For instance : Eb7 (#9) or F#9 (b5) or Bb9 (#11)…

There is often more than one alteration in between brackets! It looks like this : D13 (#5, b9) or even C13 (b5 #9) Why altering dominants chords? Here’s a discussion on the role played by dominant chords in music… (not enough space in this jazz guitar chord chart).

Dom 7th (#11) and Dom 7th (b5)

Please understand that the #11 and b5 alterations are enharmonic. It means that it’s the same note literally. Here’s why :

What is the #11 of the C7 ?
It’s F#

What is the b5 of C7 ?
It’s Gb

F# = Gb
Therefore #11 = b5

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Dom 7th (#9)

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Please note that it’s more convenient NOT to play the root in the C7(#9) shape on the left. I indicated it anyways with a red dot, but it’s optional.

Dom 7th (#5) and Dom 7th (b13)

Please understand that the #5 and b13 alterations are enharmonic. It means that it’s the same note literally. Here’s why :

What is the #5 of the C7 ?
It’s G#

What is the b13 of C7 ?
It’s Ab

G# = Ab
Therefore #5 = b13

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Dom 7th (b9, b13)

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Dom 7th (b9, b5)

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Please note that it’s more convenient NOT to play the root in the C7(b5 b9) shape on the left. I indicated it anyways with a red dot, but it’s optional in this jazz guitar chord chart.

Dom 7th (b5, #9)

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Please note that it’s more convenient NOT to play the root in the C7(b5 #9) shape on the left. I indicated it anyways with a red dot, but it’s optional.

Dom 7th (#5, b9)

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Please note that it’s more convenient NOT to play the root in the C7(#5 b9) shape on the left. I indicated it anyways with a red dot, but it’s optional.

Dom 7th (#5, #9)

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Please note that it’s more convenient NOT to play the root in the C7(#5 #9) shape on the left. I indicated it anyways with a red dot, but it’s optional.

Want all those chords in a convenient PDF? Download it here…

 

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