4 Simple Jazz Chords

These simple 3-note jazz chord patterns are going to be some of the easiest shapes that you’ve ever tried to play. The patterns I’m going to run through here are almost all identical in their shape, the fingerings are surprisingly the "exact same" and you can even use them in a Jazz progression (that I play it at the beginning of the video)...





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CHORD #1).
The first chord (of our group of four chord patterns) is from the key of “D” and it’s going to be a chord that’s used in almost every jazz progression out there, it’s the Major 7th.

So, here’s a popular 5th string root example that uses this chords most important color tones, (the Root, major 3rd and major 7th). From our 5th string / 5th fret location / off of a “D Major7” chord / those notes work out to be; “D, F#, and C#).




CHORD #2).
The next chord shape is for the 6th chord of our harmony inside the key of “D Major,” it’s the chord of “B Minor 7.”

Our simple version will once more only be using three notes. Again the primary color tones of the “Root, minor 3rd and minor 7th.” From our 6th string / 7th fret location / off of an easy to play, “B Minor 7” chord / those notes work out to be the tones of; “B, D, as well as, the note of A).





CHORD #3).
Next, we’ll be checking out the second chord degree of our key of “D Major” harmony, which will be the chord of “E Minor 7.”

Our simple version will use notes that give this chord it’s principle color, (which we’ve already learned are the chord tones of the; Root, 3rd and 7th).

When it comes to the notes of our pattern for this “E Minor 7” chord, (located at the 5th string on the 7th fret), our shape will include the notes of the root of; “E, the minor 3rd of G and the minor 7th note of D.”


CHORD #4).
Our final chord pattern will be built from off of the harmony of the keys 5th chord-degree. In the key of “D Major” our 5th chord is the chord of “A Dominant 7th.”

For our simple fingering version, we’ll be using a shape for this chord that’s built off of the 6th guitar string in the 5th position.

When it comes to the notes of our chord pattern (of this, “A Dominant 7th” chord), we’ll have the notes of the root of; “A, the major 3rd of C# and the minor 7th tone of G.”





Example Progression:

For practice work on learning to play through the jazz progression I've shown below. It's the same jam that I play at the start of the video lesson.

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