Bb Major 7th Piano Chord

Root
Bb
3rd
D
Maj 7th
A
5th
F
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
Bb
D
F
A

The Notes in a Bb Major Seventh Chord

The Root

The root is the bottom note of the chord, the starting point to which the other notes relate. The root of a Bb Major Seventh chord is Bb.

The 3rd

The third of a Bb Major Seventh chord is D. The third is up four half-steps from the Root.

Finding D from Bb step by step:

  • Start on: Bb
  • Step 1: move up to B
  • Step 2: move up to C
  • Step 3: move up to Db
  • Step 4: Land on D
3rd
D
Root
Bb
1
2
3
  • B is a minor second above Bb.
  • C is a major 2nd above Bb.
  • Db is a minor third above Bb.
  • D is a major third above Bb.

The Maj 7th

The major seventh of a Bb Major Seventh chord is A. The major seventh is a half-step from the Root. A half-step means that there are no piano keys in between. This is why the major seventh is one of the easiest notes to find.

Finding A from Bb step by step:

  • Start on: Bb
  • Step 1: Land on A
Maj 7th
A
Root
Bb
  • A is a minor second below Bb. The maj 7th is down a minor second? Confusing, right? The note A is down 1 half-steps from Bb, but up 11 half-steps from Bb:
Maj 7th
A
Root
Bb
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

The Inversions of Bb Major Seventh

Root Position

Root
Bb
3rd
D
Maj 7th
A
5th
F
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
Bb
D
F
A

1st Inversion

3rd
D
5th
F
Maj 7th
A
Root
Bb
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
D
F
A
Bb

2nd Inversion

5th
F
Maj 7th
A
Root
Bb
3rd
D
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
F
A
Bb
D

3rd Inversion

Maj 7th
A
Root
Bb
3rd
D
5th
F
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
A
Bb
D
F

How to find Bb Major Seventh with my three-finger-method

This is the method taught in my book "How to Speed Read Piano Chord Symbols"

Step 1) Use the Fourth

Find the Root and the Fourth up from the Root. (See my tutorial on finding fourths).

Root
Bb
Root
Bb
4th
Eb

Step 2) Move the right hand down

Move both fingers in right hand a half-step down (the next key to the left on the piano).

Root
Bb
Maj 7th
A
3rd
D

How to Find 7th Chords with Nate's Three Finger Method

  • Major 7th chords: bring both fingers down a half-step
  • Minor 7th chords: bring both fingers down a whole-step
  • Dominant 7th chords: bring the Root down a whole-step, the fourth down a half-step
  • Diminished 7th chords: bring the Root down a minor third, the fourth down a whole-step

If you would like to learn more about my method, pick up "How to Speed Read Piano Chord Symbols".

Other Major 7th Chords

Other Bb Chords