Db Major 7th Piano Chord

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

The Notes in a Db Major Seventh Chord

The Root

This is one is easy. All you have to do to find the root of a chord is look at the name of the chord. It's the first part of the name! If it's a Db Major Seventh chord, the root is Db!

The 3rd

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

Finding F from Db step by step:

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

The Maj 7th

The major seventh of a Db Major Seventh chord is C. 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 C from Db step by step:

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

The Inversions of Db Major Seventh

Root Position

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

1st Inversion

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

2nd Inversion

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

3rd Inversion

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

How to find Db 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
Db
Root
Db
4th
Gb

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
Db
Maj 7th
C
3rd
F

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 Db Chords