Am7 Guitar Chord Advanced

In the following guitar tutorial, you will be learning how to play several advanced Am7 chord shapes.  For an easy way to play the Am7 guitar chord follow this link.

The A Minor 7 Chord (also known as A Minor 7, A Minor 7th, Amin7) is found in the A Major Scale: A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#.  It is made of the 1, b3, 5 and b7 positions of this scale.

The “b3″ symbol translates to a “Flattened 3rd”.  This just means that we need to flatten the 3rd step (C#) of this scale by 1/2 step giving us our “C”.  The “b7″ symbol translates to “Flattened 7th” , which means we simply lower the 7th step of the A Major Scale (G#) a 1/2 step to a “G”.

Below are three different versions of the Am7 chord.   enjoy.

Notes of the Am7 Chord: A, C, E, G

Here is a key that will help you read the chart:

Guitar Chord Chart Key

Everything on the above chart should be self explanatory, except for the last three in the third column. They may need a bit of explaining. The O, or open symbol, simply means that you do not press down on any notes on that string. The X means you do not strum that particular string. The Barre symbol means you need to barre that particular fret. When you barre a fret you are pressing down on multiple strings at the same time with one finger.

Chord Playing Tips: Be sure that you are pressing down on the strings hard enough and play each string one at a time to make sure you have a nice clean sound. If any of the strings buzz or sound muted, then something is not right.