The CMaj7 chord (also known as C major 7 and C7), has a distinctive and unique tone. It has a warm, open-ended tone that suggests a question needs to be posed or answered.

The notes in CMaj7 are:


The root of a chord ultimately defines the harmony. However, many arpeggios contain other chords, which you can hint at or superimpose over the same chord. For instance, if we go from the second note, we get an E minor triad.




An arpeggio is a succession of individual notes that spell the chord. Each note spells the chord and is called a chord tone.

The Major Scale

The Major scale is perfect to use over CMaj7

CMaj7 Backing Track

Practice playing along to CMaj7 using The Major Scale. Get creative and see what lines you can play over it. Really try to internalise the sound to train your ear.

If you’re struggling to come up with different ideas, my books contain lots of different ways you can play intervals, scales, melodies and more.

CMaj7 Inversions

1st Inversion - CMaj7/E


2nd Inversion - CMaj7/G


3rd Inversion - Cmaj7/B


Drop Voicings

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Drop 2

We simply move the 2 voice an octave down.

Drop 3

For Drop 3, we simply move the 3rd voice down an octave.

Drop 2 + 3

For drop 2+3, we move the 2nd + 3rd voices down an octave.

Drop 2 + 4

For Drop 2+4, we move the 2nd + 4th voice down an octave.

These were the drop voicings for the standard voicing, however, you can also make the 1st, 2nd and 3rd inversions into drop voicings too. Rick Beato does a pretty good lesson on this if you want to learn more about drop voicings!

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Other Chord Extensions

Chord NameNotes
Major Chords 
CMaj7C, E, G, B
CMaj9C, E, G, B, D
CMaj#11C, E, G, B, F#
CMaj13C, E, G, B, A
CMaj9(add13)C, E, G, B, D, A
Minor Chords 
Cmin7C, Eb, G, Bb
Cmin9C, Eb, G, Bb, D
Cmin11C, Eb, G, Bb, F
Cmin13C, Eb, G, Bb, A
Dominant Chords 
C7C, E, G, Bb
C9C, E, G, Bb, D
C11C, E, G, Bb, F
C13C, E, G, Bb, A
Half Diminished Chords 
C-7b5C, Eb, Gb, Bb

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