How to Play A Major 7

Understanding what makes this one a Major 7 chord is definitely a bonus, but it is not essential for today’s lesson.

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How to build a Major 7 Chord from scratch

The easiest way to understand how to build Major 7 chords is to start from the 6 string barre (barre = bar) chords.

The logic is, whatever your root note is, you find a note that is half a step down and add it to the chord.

Since we are in the key of A, the note we are searching for is G#.

Playing the A Major 7 chord

Major 7th 1 For this one, put your index finger on the 5th fret of the 6th string. Add your middle finger on the 5th fret of the 2nd string. Your ring finger goes on the 6th fret of the 4th string. Finally, add your pinky to the 6th fret of the 3rd string.

Furthermore, use your first finger to mute the 5th and the 1st string.

As far as your picking hand goes, you can strum all the 6 strings, just make sure to mute the unwanted strings.

A Major 7 Guitar Chord practice tips:

  1. When reading the Amaj7 chord diagram, you should know that ‘’X’’ signifies a string you do not want to play.
  2. When placing your fingers to play Amaj7, make sure that you are behind the fret wire. Also, barre’s aside, make sure that you are pressing the strings with your fingertips.
  3. You can use what we have explained in the ‘’How to build a Major 7 Chord from scratch’’ section to create major 7 chords all across the 6th string.
Pro-tip: There are many different ways of playing the Amaj7 chord on the guitar. Do you want to learn other versions of this chord? Or like, literally everything guitar-related? If the answer is - yes, to any of the above, make sure to join the GuitarZoom membership!
Hendrix
9th
Am7
A7
Gm
G
Gbm
Gb
Fm
F
Em
E
Ebm
Eb
Dm
D
Dbm
Db
Cm
C
Bm
B
Bbm
Bb
G#m
G#
Am
A
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