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The movable C7 and "Honey Pie"

Most guitarists are aware of how to fret the C7 chord fairly early on in their learning journey, but it may take a while to realize that this chord shape can be moved up and down the fret board to accomplish new voicings on "seventh" chords. To point out two major examples, consider shifting the chord up two frets to voice a D7:

This chord, in this particular shape, is the base and foundation of "Taxman." It is also used as the transition chord leading into the bridge of "This Boy."

Shift the chord up another two frets, and you have a new voicing for E7 (one that can utilize the open top and bottom strings):

This shape is used in songs like "Day Tripper" throughout the verse:

It is also used in "Honey Pie" off The Beatles (The White Album), a jazzy track full of fun chord progressions that can be a lot more enjoyable to play when the right voicings and fret positions are used.

In particular, this chord shape is utilized during the verse to voice an otherwise-annoying Eb7 chord. The first lines of the song -- "Honey pie, you are making me crazy" -- are accompanied by these two chords:

That shape is then easily shifted up just one fret position for the next lines, "I'm in love but I'm lazy":

The same shape is used again to close the verse, this time as a D7 chord for the lines, "so won't you please come home?"

This chord shape is used in several Beatles songs, as mentioned above, but for my money, "Honey Pie" features the most creative uses of this voicing.


  1. In Honey Pie, you can actually use the same shape of C7, shifted one string to the right, to play the G and the A, which become G6 and A6 respectively. In other words, you can play the whole verse using the same shape throughout! (which is really how I believe the song was composed)

  2. My fave in "Honey Pie" that splendid transition before the bridge 1 and 2
    ...G/// F#add#8/Fadd9/ Em...

  3. My fave in "Honey Pie" that splendid transition before the bridge 1 and 2
    ...G/// F#add#8/Fadd9/ Em...

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