The Ultimate C7 Chord Piano Learning Guide

In 2018, sales of musical instruments are predicted to be nearly $2 billion [1]. There were more than 30,000 pianos sold in the U.S. in 2017 alone.

The piano is one of the most popular instruments to learn and play. The reason is that it is so simple. Press a key and you get a perfect sounding note. In comparison, even trying to get a sound out of a trombone or a clarinet can be a real challenge.

If you’re learning the piano, then you’ll need to learn how to play chords. Basic chords sound great, but to move to the next level, you need to discover the more complex chords, such as sevenths.

So read on as we present our C7 chord piano guide.

What Is a Seventh Chord?

A basic triad chord is made up of three notes [2].

In any scale, there are eight notes. The simplest scale on the piano is the C major scale. The notes are as follows: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. To play a C major chord, you would only play three of them: C, E, and G.

As you can see, these are the first, third and fifth notes in the scale. A seventh chord includes one extra note, the seventh note in the scale, although this note is flattened.

Seventh chords have a special sound to them. They feel unfinished like they need another chord to follow them. The chord they most want to follow them is the fourth, so in this case, an F major chord: F, A, C.

How to Play a C7 Chord

A C7 chord includes the seventh note of the scale which is B [3]. But instead of playing a B from the C major scale, you play a B flat from the C minor scale.

Playing a C7 Chord in the Root Position

This is the simplest way of playing a C7 chord.

You play C, E, G and B flat. The lowest note in the chord is C, which is the root note of the chord.

Playing a C7 Chord in the First Inversion

The first inversion makes the third the bottom note in the chord.

To play a C7 chord in the first inversion, you play E, G, B flat and C. Now, the root note has moved up to the top of the chord.

Playing a C7 Chord in the Second Inversion

In the second inversion, the bottom note of the chord is the fifth.

This makes the chord G, B flat, C, and E.

Playing a C7 Chord in the Third Inversion

The final way of playing a C7 chord is to make the seventh the bottom note.

The chord then becomes B flat, C, E, and G. For complete informationĀ I added the e7 chord and d7 chord.

I’ve Mastered the C7 Chord Piano Guide. What’s Next?

If you’ve followed this C7 chord piano guide then you should be playing a C7 chord like a pro. So what’s the next step?

Well, that’s really up to you. We have a wealth of great tutorials and articles to help you develop your piano playing skills. We also have some great buyer’s guides if you’re looking to upgrade, or try a new instrument. There’s enough content to keep you developing as a musician for months to come.

Whatever you decide to learn next, we wish you the best of luck with your endeavors.

Stephanie Su

Started learning music when she was four years old, Stephanie is a music teacher and a music therapist who is highly proficient in Piano, Violin, Guitar, and Ukulele. She likes to learn, teach, and share her music playing experiences.

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