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E to B7

e major to b seven guitar chord puzzle

This is a Lift & Land with an Add/Sub. The tip of the 2 finger can mute the 6 string on the B7, but the 6 string can also be muted with the thumb as well [or double muted with the tip of the 2]. The thumb over the top can be challenging, so start with the 2 finger.

The 1 and 3 fingers 'criss-cross'.The pinky is toggling on and off and can be added to the B7 chord later in the measure if needed [maybe beat 2]. Just don't let the fretting stop the motor. Add it later.

e major to b seven chord progression
Criss-cross the 1 & 3 fingers, on the inside 2 strings.

E to E7

e major to e seven guitar chord puzzle

This is super simple Add/Sub.

The 3 finger is toggling on and off. Be sure to try the alternate fingering.

e major to e seven chord progression

E to E Major 7

e major to e major 7 guitar chord puzzle
Not a common voicing, and the fingering is tricky.

This is a bonus change. This is an uncommon chord to be used, but it does show you the difference between Dominant 7 and Major 7.

In the E7 (E Dominant 7) in the first change above, the 3 finger toggles off to the open D string. This is the root of the chord moving down 2 half steps (whole step); a Major triad with the type of 7 being a whole step down from the root (called the subtonic). The Dominant 7 type chord is R-3-5-♭7. In Numera, this is 0-4-7-10.

In a Major 7 chord, the type of 7 in the chord is 1 half step down from the root (called the leading tone). It's formula is R-3-5-7. In Numera, this is 0-4-7-11. Major 7 chords have multiple ways of writing the symbol: M7, Maj7, △7, and a 7 with a strikethrough as shown above the chord puzzle.

Am to Bm

a minor to b minor guitar chord puzzle using guiding
The fingerings shown in the tab are for the guiding version. Figure out the normal fingering of Am going to Bm. All fingers are moving to different strings!

We have 2 fingerings for the change. For the first, we are using the 3-4-2 fingers for Am, as they will appear in Bm. We add the 1 after guiding the block up. On the & of beat 4, we release the pressure to a touch [mute], but don't let go of the strings. Stay on the tracks while you shift. Press the Bm chord on the downbeat of 1.

a minor to b minor chord progression

For the fingerings in tab and first video, we have fretted the Am so it can shift easily into the B minor. We don't have to play Am like this, yet it shows us exactly how a shape can move up the board [to create all a version from all other roots].

The normal fingering for Am [231 fingers for 221 frets on 432 strings], can also just be moved up 2 frets to Bm, but we would probably want to mute the open 5 string, or we get Bm/A [slash chord = Bm chord with A in the bass]. This is a sweet sounding chord, but typically doesn't fit for songs needing Bm.

For the Bm, we use the tip of the index to mute the low 6. And, even though our index is in the shape of a bar, we don't have to press the 1 string at the 2 fret [as you may see in other sources].

We can press the 2 fret on the 1 string. If we do bar like this, we don't have to press all of the strings [5 through 1 strings]. We use the tip of the 1 finger for the 5 string, 2 fret and our index is 'curled' to press the 1 string, 2nd fret with the middle knuckle of the index. Whew!

And one more...we could bar the 2 fret which could include the F♯ on string 6. I'm not a huge fan, but it isn't uncommon and has its place.

C to C7

c major to c seven guitar chord puzzle

Add/Sub the pinky

This is another super simple Add/Sub. The 4 finger is toggling on and off the 3rd string.

Good pinky exercise. Work the motion from the base knuckle.

c major to c seven chord progression
Easy! Get your pinky moving.

C to G7

c major to g seven guitar chord puzzle

Another easy one!

This is a Lift/Land. The fingering is expanding and contracting. The 1 finger can land after the 3-2 block has landed; maybe on beat 2. We should ideally practice it as lifting and landing, all together.

c major to g seven chord progression

Another Way to Play G7

g seven to g seven guitar chord puzzle

This is another sweet sounding G7 sound.

This is similar to C to C7 in that we are adding the pinky in the same relative location to the 3 & 2 fingers.

F to D

f major to d major guitar chord puzzle


All fingers moving

This is a Lift/Land. All 3 fingers are lifting together and landing together.

Take your time with this change. Use slow motion to program the transition.

f major to d major chord progression
Keep the 3 and 2 fingers in the same orientation as they move.

Take Away the Strum

This is the second video in the player above.

This is a good change to take away the strum and focus on fretting. In this video, we are taking feeling pictures & using slow motion to train the switch.

D to Dm

d major to d minor guitar chord puzzle
Criss-cross with a staying finger. Try the staying finger as a 3 and as a 4.

This is a Lift/Land. The 3 finger is staying, while the 2 and 1 fingers 'criss-cross'.

For using the pinky: the 3 fret, string 2 [fretted with 3 finger] can also be fretted with the pinky. This will make this a full lift/land, with no staying fingers.

A to A7

From a subway stack to 2-3 fingers

This is a Lift/Land for all three fingerings.

Fingering One (first video): This fingering is shown in the chord puzzle that you see. The 3 finger is staying, while the 2 finger moves up a level [up a string].

Two (2nd video): We start with a bar then lift and land onto A7 with a 1 and 2 fingers.

Three (3rd video): We start with a bar then lift and land onto A7 with the 2 and 3 fingers.

For any of the fingerings of A7 , we can add the 3 fret, string 1, and it will still be A7.

Bonus A Type Chord: A Major 7

This is sweet voicing of A Major 7. In the chord puzzle, we are moving from the "subway" fingering for A Major, moving to a triangle shape (same as D7, yet up a level).

If we played A7 with the 2 and 3 fingers, we simply add the 1 finger on the 3rd string, first fret.