Adding the D7 Guitar Chord to Your Toolkit

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The D7 chord is an integral component of blues, country, and mellow-rock songs, often appearing as a dominant seventh chord that provides its distinctive sound to songs of any genre.

To form a chord, place your index finger on the second string and your middle finger on the third. Strum your strings, listening out for buzzing or muted notes that indicate whether your fingers are in their proper places.

Open Position

Add open position D7 chords to your guitar toolkit for some added variety in your playing. While these chords won’t sound quite as full-sounding, they provide a good transition towards their barred cousins while remaining an extremely useful chord shape in their own right.

This chord can be played using two fingers to double the flattened seventh which can also be found an octave lower on string 2, fret 13. To create a fuller sounding version of this chord simply remove your fourth finger from string 1, as in Ex. 6a.

This chord can be found throughout country music, especially when used with Travis picking style. Additionally, it is used extensively in blues and other mellow genres where it serves to brighten up the music. At first this may seem difficult for beginners due to finger placement but with time and practice this should become second nature and make its way into your songs with minimal difficulty – you could even experiment by moving these chord shapes around on your fretboard to produce new sounds! Practice slow with metronome for optimal results.

Barreled Position

There are various approaches to playing a D7 chord on guitar. One popular technique involves using a barre, which involves placing your index finger flat across the fretboard and pressing down on at least one string with your index finger. While this method requires practice and mastery, it can produce a very rich tone.

Another way of playing D7 chords is using standard D chord shape. While this version may be easier for novice players to learn, its fuller sound cannot compare to D7 in barreled position.

This chord can be very versatile. While often seen in country songs, the D7 chord can also be found in popular music such as The Monkees’ “Daydream Believer”. This ballad blends country twang with rockabilly sounds for an engaging listener experience; adding positive undertones that help offset more melancholic lyrics.

An alternative form of the D7 chord is using a D7 barre shape in tenth position. To do this, place your index finger on the fourth string – known as the low E string – at its tenth fret, followed by placing middle finger on G string (third string) thirteenth fret and finally your ring finger at 14th fret on second string (ring finger should rest against second string at 14th fret). When playing this version you will need to mute fifth and sixth strings so only play through first four strings at any one time!


While major, minor and 7th chords form the core of most songs, there are other chords available to you to use to add depth and dimension to your guitar playing. One such chord is called a dominant seventh chord which takes either a major or minor triad and adds a flatted seventh note – giving a darker feel when played after sour or diminished chords as it gives listeners the impression of imminent major chord.

To play this chord, place your index finger on the 2nd fret of the 1st string, middle finger on 2nd fret of 3rd string and ring finger on 2nd fret of 4th string. Strumming this chord for several beats can help develop muscle memory for this specific chord shape; eventually try playing it without muted high or low strings to obtain an authentic blues sound.

An alternative way of playing this chord is to bar the 10th fret of the sixth string with your index finger to form an E7 chord and slide this form down onto the fifth string to produce a D7 chord – this method may be especially helpful for guitarists wanting to quickly learn this chord but may be uncomfortable using a barred chord shape.