A7 Guitar Chord

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

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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:

e7

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


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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

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