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Jazz Guitar Chord Chart #2

Altered Dominants and Diminished 7th

Welcome to this premium online jazz guitar chord chart. I'm sure you'll find every "chord shape" you can possibly need on this very page! 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 is the lowest note). We'll deal with inversion in another jazz guitar chord chart shortly.

So...

What chords do you want to learn ?

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)



All in "C" ? What the ... ?!

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...

major 7th jazz guitar chord

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 :
diminished symbol

circle (or degree sign), meaning "fully-diminished")


c diminished 7 jazz guitar voicings

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...


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


c7 #11 and b5 jazz guitar voicings

Dom 7th (#9)

c7 #9 jazz guitar voicings

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


c7 #5 and b13 jazz guitar voicings

Dom 7th (b9, b13)

c7 b9 b13 jazz guitar voicings

Dom 7th (b9, b5)

c7 b5 b9 jazz guitar voicings

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.

Dom 7th (b5, #9)

c7 b5 #9 jazz guitar voicings

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)

c7 #5 b9 jazz guitar voicings

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)

c7 #5 #9 jazz guitar voicings

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.



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Questions and Comments by Other Visitors

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Chord inversions? 
First of all thank you for this excellent website! It would be very helpful if you can put the inversions for the basic chords( for example maj7, min7, …

How to play C13 (b9, b5) ? 
Q : I am a progressive rock guitarist who has recently joined my High School stage band AKA (Jazz band), I haven't had much trouble but today we sight …

Chord Question: How to Play Ab13 +11  
I have this in my guitar part. Any suggestions? M-A Answers: The symbol +11 probably means "raised eleventh", which I'd rather see as #11. The …

Can I have a dominant 7th with a perfect 11th?  
Can I have a Dominant chord like E7 with a 11th in it? If so, how would you write it? --- M-A's Answer: Hello Karen, Very nice question! Indeed! …

#11 or b5 simplier 
Hi, Why should i not fingering for example an A string root C7#11 / C7b5 chord with the 4th fret on the D string? It is the same F#/Gb note as the …

Dom 7th (#5, #9) 
is there other specific shapes for this chord besides the two above? i know it says not play the root to make it more convenient, but what if i want to …

All Keys 
Question : Can you show me chords in all the keys? --- Answer : Hello, All the chords in this jazz guitar chord chart are *moveable* chord …

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