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(@clau20)
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Hi!

I started to learn some jazz chords with my teacher yesturday and he shows me an easy song: Autumn Leaves.

He wrote me the chords but I think he forgot one... But I also think I remember how to play it, and just want to be sure it's the right way.

The chord is Gmaj7. I know there are many ways to play it, but as I remember, I played it like this:

E- 0
B- 3
G- 4
D- 4
A- x
E- 3

Or almost like that.. Someone can confirm how to play it?

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(@davidhodge)
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As you've said, many ways to play it. But this one:
E- 0
B- 3
G- 4
D- 4
A- x
E- 3

You don't want to have the high E string open. This adds a sixth to the chord. So try this:

E- 3
B- 3
G- 4
D- 4
A- x
E- 3

Or even this (based on the open position chord):

E- 2
B- 0
G- 0
D- 0
A- x
E- 3

Hope this helps.

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(@slejhamer)
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Or even this (based on the open position chord):

E- 2
B- 0
G- 0
D- 0
A- x
E- 3

Just curious: why mute the B note on the A string?

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(@clau20)
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As you've said, many ways to play it. But this one:
E- 0
B- 3
G- 4
D- 4
A- x
E- 3

You don't want to have the high E string open.

Ok, but if I play it like this:
E- x
B- 3
G- 4
D- 4
A- x
E- 3

Does it still a Gmaj7?
This adds a sixth to the chord. So try this:

E- 3
B- 3
G- 4
D- 4
A- x
E- 3

Thanks. But it was not a bare chords that I had to practice. I had 2 fingers on the 3rd fret and 2 fingers on the 4h, or 1 finger on the 4th and another on the 5th...
Just curious: why mute the B note on the A string?

Humm, don't really know... :lol: As I remember, I was muting the 5th string, but I may be wrong, I learned many chords and maybe I'm just switching something from one chord to another

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I could feel it in my heartbeat
I could feel it in my bones
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(@musenfreund)
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Just for future reference, Howard's Big List of Guitar Chords is a great place to explore different chord voicings.

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 Nuno
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Ok, but if I play it like this:
E- x
B- 3
G- 4
D- 4
A- x
E- 3

Does it still a Gmaj7?
Yes, it is. The Gmaj7 includes the G, B, D and F# notes. If you remove the G on the high E string, it remains on the low E string. It's a different voice (BTW, Musenfreund sent 63 voices for this chord!)

And, on the B note on the 5th string. I think it is a 'voice problem', too. I don't know the progression but probably it sounds better if you omit that low B. Claudine, are you strumming?


   
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(@nicktorres)
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The reason I mute the B string in David's example is just to make the thing easier to finger. Getting the index down on the second fret high E while the middle is fretting B note is hard. Besides, there is a perfectly good B already being played.


   
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 Nuno
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Oh! Sorry! I mislead myself! :oops:
I was erroneously thinking the B note wasn't in the second fret.

Obviously it is much easier in this way.

Thanks Nick!


   
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(@clau20)
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Ok thanks!

Everything is working now :)

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I thought it was my own
I could feel it in my heartbeat
I could feel it in my bones
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(@corbind)
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I like David's GM7

E- 2
B- 0
G- 0
D- 0
A- x
E- 3

Where I put my thumb over the neck to catch the G note on the low E string and index finger to catch the F# on the high e string.

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 KR2
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This is the beginner's forum?
Putting my "thumb over the neck to catch" anything is equivalent to a 10th degree black belt in karate to me.
You're scaring me.
Give me a chance to crawl first. LOL

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(@tinsmith)
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My 2 cents...
I play it

E- 2
B- 3
G- 0
D- 0
A- 2
E- 3


   
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(@corbind)
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My 2 cents...
I play it

E- 2
B- 3
G- 0
D- 0
A- 2
E- 3

How are you fingering that one? Looks like a lot of work.

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(@tinsmith)
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E- 2......ring
B- 3......pinky
G- 0
D- 0
A- 2.....index
E- 3.....middle

It's not that hard, but it's harder now I have messed up hands.
I started doing that when I was a kid playing the Stones "Back Street Girl" .......I think it's called.

It's just the way I remember the song.


   
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(@clau20)
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As I see, there are MANY ways to play it.

But I guess there are "better" way to play it, depends on which chords you play before?

As an exemple, I play an A 7 chords (5-7-5-5-5-5) before, so an open Gmaj7 chords (like tinsmith plays it) may sounds strange after that A7?

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I thought it was my own
I could feel it in my heartbeat
I could feel it in my bones
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