Celtic music theory Jazz chord theory

How to add jazz chords to Irish guitar backing PART 1: The three types of seven chord

In today’s free Irish guitar lesson from Folk Friend, I’ll be running you through the three families of 7 chords and how you can implement them to make your traditional folk guitar accompaniment sound more jazzy! We’ll be looking at major 7 chords, minor 7 chords and dominant 7 chords and discovering which ones fit with traditional tunes in certain keys and why.

My Celtic music theory for beginners videos can be found below:

Part 1

Part 2


The rest of my series on jazz chords in folk guitar can be found below:

Part 2

Part 3

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