How to Play E7 Chord on Piano


How do you form an E7 chord on piano. Let’s learn all about it. First of all let’s take a look at the E major scale. This scale consists of the notes E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D# and E. Since the 7 chord formula is 1 – 3 – 5 – 7b, the notes of the E seventh chord is E – G# – B – D. What we’ve done here is combine the root, major third, perfect fifth and flat seventh of the E major scale. Instead of playing the seventh note of the major scale (the note, C#), the note is played a semitone lower. So the note, C is played.

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To form the chord, E7 on piano, first find the root note, E on the keyboard. Now count up 4 half tones from E to G#. To arrive at B, count up 3 half tones from G#. To arrive at D, count up three half tones from B. In terms of intervals, the chord is formed of a major interval followed by two minor intervals. So between E and G#, it’s a major interval. Between G# and B, it’s a minor interval, and between B and D it’s another minor interval.

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E7 is also known as an E dominant seventh chord and is written E dom7, E7 and E dominant 7. E7 is comprised of four notes. It consists of a major triad plus a note forming a 7th interval above the root note of the chord.

In terms of chord progressions, every time E7 is played, the chord wants to move up a perfect 4th. The player gets the feeling that the next chord should be A. One doesn’t have to play A but this is the most likely chord to be played.

Inversions/voicings of the E7 chord on pianoE7 chord on piano. E seventh.

Until now we’ve looked at the E7 chord only in its root position. As we’ve seen, in root position, the notes of the E7 chord are E – G# – B – D. What if we were to move the note, E an octave higher? This would give us the chord in its first inversion. In the 1st inversion, the notes of the E dominant seventh chord are in the sequence G# – B – D – E. In the second inversion, we move G# an octave higher and the sequence of notes is now B – D – E – G#. Lastly play the E seventh chord in its third inversion, move the note, B one octave higher to give you the sequence D – E – G# – B.

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