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BC-142 • The F Maj7 Chord
« on: July 15, 2009, 02:24:04 pm »
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Re: BC-142 • The F Maj7 Chord
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2019, 02:21:34 pm »
So, Justin shows 2 ways of playing. Which is better? Or it's a matter of what sounds better for a song?
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Re: BC-142 • The F Maj7 Chord
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2019, 02:40:19 pm »
It is all song dependent.
Learn the four string version first - it has the root note F as the lowest note of the chord.
Them when / if a song requires the 5 string version, learn that then.

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Re: BC-142 • The F Maj7 Chord
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2019, 02:42:16 pm »
What's the technical name of the second shape?
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Re: BC-142 • The F Maj7 Chord
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2019, 02:44:06 pm »
4-string = Fmaj7
5-string = Fmaj7/C (a slash chord ... it is Fmaj7 with a C note as the bass note of the chord)

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Re: BC-142 • The F Maj7 Chord
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2019, 03:57:10 pm »
Thanks! I don't know why Justin don't mentioned the name of it.

Also, of all the stage 4 new chords, the Fmaj7 is the best, I mean, it's so beautiful, reminds me of the The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time intro.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtMllWsML5M
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Re: BC-142 • The F Maj7 Chord
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2019, 06:35:23 pm »
I'm currently trying to learn the 4 finger version of this chord - I especially want to master that version since it is such a similar shape to the (dreaded) F chord later on. But damn is it hard work!

This is probably a common beginner issue but what I find is that Fmaj7 is quite the stretch for my little finger especially. I just don't seem to have the control I need over where my little finger goes yet and when I do eventually get it down on the correct string in the correct fret, it's regularly too weak to press down on the string hard enough and I get an awful buzzing sound when trying to play songs with it.

It's all down to that little finger. I just haven't mastered using it yet!

More practice needed I'm sure? Or does anyone have any additional tips?

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Re: BC-142 • The F Maj7 Chord
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2019, 07:36:20 pm »
Did you skip the Basic Finger Workout in sage 3? BC-135
That's the best exercise to start strengthening and stretching your fingers.

Once you can do the BFW at the first fret  ery easily you can start doing the
Finger Gym. Make sure to follow Justin's instructions so you don't hurt your hand.


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Re: BC-142 • The F Maj7 Chord
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2019, 07:54:35 pm »
Another tip for the 4-finger version.
Start to play E Major chord using fingers 2, 3 and 4 in the same pattern as the Fmaj7 requires.
This is also the pattern that 6-string root major barre chords require so is good all round practice towards that.

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Re: BC-142 • The F Maj7 Chord
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2019, 08:36:22 pm »
Thank you all  ;D

Yes I have done the finger workout and find it's no issue really with doing it at the first fret.

To be honest I think a lot of my issues stem from just not having used my 4th finger up to this point (something Justin highlights as a potential problem too). It lacks the flexibility that I now have from my other fingers and it just doesn't quite go where I need it to.

I'm also not used to the shape of Fmaj7 yet using 4 fingers. It feels "strange" trying to achieve it. At least it does for me.

I'll definitely look into doing E with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers - thanks for the tip there!
Might help to give my 4th finger a bit more of a workout on actual chords.

 

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