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The Four Rules of 7th Chord Construction
7th chord symbols can sometimes look like math formulas. On piano they’re easy because you learn the theory and apply it directly to the instrument. On guitar, it’s a little harder because you have to spread the notes out (so you can reach them; chords w/ consecutive 2nd and 3rd intervals involve a significant reach!). So before you can play them, you have to spread them out first.
This approach asks you to memorize 4 rules, 3 guitar fingerings, and and the function of each note. if you can do that, you can get pretty much any 7th chord, in any key, in at least three places.
The value i this is that it translates very well to other fingering systems.
The Four Rules (memorize these):