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:
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.