A7 Guitar Chord

Want to learn the A7 guitar chord? We’re going to show you every A7 guitar chord.

A7 guitar chord

In this free guitar lesson you will learn:

  • 6 essential ways to play the A7 guitar chord.
  • The no1 secret to mastering guitar chords quickly.
  • 3 essential tips for clean & easy barre chords. (Bonus video & tips!)
  • 3 super-easy songs that will make you sound amazing.

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The two main A7 guitar chords are:

  • A7 guitar chord. (Open position.)
  • A7 guitar chord. (E7 barre shape.)

Let’s learn them.

A7 Guitar Chord (Open Position)

Not only is the one of the most popular ways to play a A7 guitar chord, it’s also one of the easiest.

A7 Guitar Chord

(If you don't understand the above image please read our article "How To Read Guitar Chordboxes In 60 Seconds". It will make everything clear!)

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  • Place your 1st finger on the 2nd fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the B string. (2nd string.)
  • Strum from the A string. (5th string.)

This chord is very similar to a standard A major chord. If you already know a standard A major chord, just remove your 2nd finger from the chord.

Don’t know the A chord? Go here: 3 Easy Ways To Play The A Chord On Guitar

A7 Guitar Chord (E7 Barre Shape)

In the guitar world, we refer to this as the ‘E7 barre shape’ because it is based on a open E7 chord.

Here’s a open E7 chord:

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To learn this chord, go here:4 Easy Ways To Play The E Chord On Guitar

Here’s an A7 guitar chord. (E7 barre shape):

A7 Guitar Chord

 

Notice how the shape of the ‘E7 guitar chord’ fits within this barre chord.

To play this chord:

  • Barre your first finger across ALL the strings on the 5th fret.
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 7th fret of the A string. (5th string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 6th fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Strum ALL the strings

3 Essential Tips For Barre Chords

This chord shape requires you to use ‘barring technique’. This technique can be difficult for beginners.

However, don’t worry if you’re new to this. Here are 3 quick & easy tips which will help you master barring technique.

What’s a A7 Guitar Chord?

The A7 guitar chord, is exactly the same as a regular A chord. However, there is one note different. That note is a ‘G’.

Here are ALL of the notes in a regular A chord:

  • Root – A.
  • 3rd – C#.
  • 5th – E.

Here are ALL of the notes in a A7 guitar chord:

  • Root – A.
  • 3rd – C#.
  • 5th – E.
  • b7th – G.

The A7 guitar chord is essentially a more advanced version of the standard A chord.

To learn more about guitar notes and theory, go here: Guitar Notes Explained: A Guide For Beginners

Bonus Tip!

The A7 guitar chord can be written in a variety of different ways. Here are a few classic examples:

  • A7.
  • A dominant 7.
  • A7 guitar chord.

As we’re learning this chord on guitar, in today’s lesson we’re going to refer to this chord as the ‘A7 guitar chord’. Let’s learn some more voicings of this chord.

A7 Guitar Chord (1 Finger Barre Shape)

If you’re new to barre chords, but want to practice your finger technique. This chord is perfect!

A7_Bsrre_Shape_

  • Barre your first finger over the 2nd fret of the D (4th string), G (3rd string), B (2nd string) and E string. (1st string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 3rd fret of the high E string. (1st string.)

This chord is perfect for funk and soul styles and will poke through the mix in a band context.

A7 Guitar Chord (3 Finger Chord)

If you want to add a bit of grit to your guitar playing, this chord is a great choice. It has a tight bottom end, and is perfect roots and blues music.

A7_Guitar_Chord_(E7_Shape)

  • Place your 1st finger on the 5th fret of the low E string. (6th string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 5th fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 6th fret of the G string. (3rd string.)

This chord can be tricky as you can only strum the top 4 strings. To learn how to skip strings while strumming, go here: How To Skip Strings While Strumming

A7 Guitar Chord (D7 Shape)

This A7 guitar chord is based on a regular open D7 chord.

Here’s a D7:

To learn this chord, go here:3 Easy Ways To Play The D Guitar Chord On Guitar

Here’s an A7 guitar chord. (D7 shape.)

A7_Guitar_Chord_(D7_Shape)

Notice how the shape of the D7 chord is still being used within this guitar chord.

Why does this work?

This works because the ‘D7 shape’ is a moveable shape. This chord is part of the CAGED guitar system.

The CAGED guitar system is a group of guitar chord shapes which can be moved around the fret board to create chords in new keys.

To learn more about the CAGED system, go here:CAGED Guitar System: How To Master Chords

A7 Guitar Chord (C7 Shape)

This A7 guitar chord uses the EXACT same shape as a regular C7 chord.

Here’s a C7 guitar chord:

C7 Guitar Chord

To learn the C7 guitar chord, go here: C7 Guitar Chord

To play a A7 guitar chord, move the C7 shape up to the 12th fret of the A string. (5th string.)

Here’s the chord box for reference:

A7_Guitar_Chord

If you find this chord too difficult, learn this voicing:

a7_SMALL

  • Place your 2nd finger on the 12th fret of the A string. (5th string.)
  • Place your 1st finger on the 11th fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 12th fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Strum from the A string.  (5th string.)

A7 Guitar Chord (A7 Barre Shape)

This A7 guitar chord is exactly the same as the regular open A7 chord, however this time we’ve moved the chord shape to the 12th and added a barre.

A7_Guitar_Chord_(A7_Shape)

If you find this chord too difficult, you don’t have to use the barre. You can just move open A7 shape to the 14th fret.

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How Do I Practice The A7 Guitar Chord?

Here are 4 essential tips that you can use to practice the A7 guitar chord. ALL of these tricks can be applied to any chord in any key.

1) Every Time You Learn A New Chord, Squeeze Your Fretting Hand

Whenever you learn a new chord, squeeze your fretting hand. This triggers your muscle memory and teaches your hand to remember the guitar chord.

However, it’s vital that you can play the chord correctly BEFORE you squeeze your hand.

If you squeeze your hand when the chord is wrong, you will be teaching yourself to remember the chord incorrectly.

Here are 3 simple-steps you can follow to make sure that the chord is correct:

  1. Make sure that your fingers are in the correct place. (Always use a chord box for reference!)
  2. Make sure each note in the chord is clear.
  3. Make sure that you don’t feel any pain. Your fretting hand must be relaxed.

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2) Practice The A7 Guitar Chord Without Looking At Your Fingers

The best way to try and remember a guitar chord is to try and play it without looking.

Here are 7 simple-steps you can follow which will help you perfect your guitar  chords:

  1. Pick an A7 guitar chord to learn.
  2. Learn to play the chord correctly.
  3. Squeeze your fretting hand 5 times when the chord is correct.
  4. Take your fretting hand off of the neck.
  5. Look into a corner of the room. (Make sure you cannot see the fret board!)
  6. Try and play the A7 guitar chord without looking.
  7. Check if it’s right.

If the chord is right, great! Apply the same method to a different A7 guitar chord. If you didn’t get it right, don’t worry. Just repeat steps 1 – 7 again!

A7 Guitar Chord

3) Practice Moving Between Each A7 Guitar Chord

A great way to practice the A7 guitar chord is to move between each chord from the lowest chord to the highest.

You would practice them in this order:

  • Open A7 guitar chord.
  • A7 guitar chord. (1 finger barre shape.)
  • A7 guitar chord. (3 finger chord.)
  • A7 guitar chord. (E7 barre shape.)
  • A7 guitar chord. (D7 shape.)
  • A7 guitar chord. (C7 shape.)
  • A7 guitar chord. (A7 barre shape.)

Once you’ve mastered this, do the same technique but in reverse.

4) Learn Songs Which Use The A7 Guitar Chord

One of the best ways to practice guitar chords is to use them in musical situations.

Here are 3 of our favourite songs which use the A7 guitar chord.

1) A7 Blues

The dominant 7 chord is featured heavily in blues music. So, if you want to learn how to play an A7, learn an A blues!

Here’s the chord progression:

A7 Guitar Chord

Here’s a backing track you can practice to:

2) ‘Before You Accuse Me’ by Eric Clapton

This song is a classic from Eric Clapton. Here are a few reasons why it’s fantastic to learn:

  • It only uses 3 chords.
  • It’s the same all the way through.
  • The strumming pattern has a great bluesy feel.

To learn this song, go here:‘Before You Accuse Me’ Chords

3) ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ by The Beatles

This is a classic from The Beatles, it was one of their biggest hits back in the day! The A7 guitar chord is used frequently in this song.

To learn this song in more detail, go here: ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ by The Beatles

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