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Chord a Day, January 29th - Am7 FREE LESSON
Published: 2013-01-01 Updated: 2013-01-01 00:00:00 • 2105

Chord a Day, January 29th - Am7

Learn a new chord everyday of January.

by Curt Sheller, Curt Sheller Publications

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 29th is Am7.

Chord Type(s): Major 4-part
Chord Categories: Open Position Big Six

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Related Lesson: Understanding a Chord Diagram

Open Position chords typically do not show the location of the root or letter name of the chord as these chords are the first chords a ukulele player learns and are almost entirely learned by shape and sound - hopefully, the chords' name. Later on one develops the ability to determine the location of the chord root(s) or letter name within the chord.

Standard Music Notation and TAB
C Tuning - High 'G' and Low 'G' Tunings

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Standard music notation and TAB for C Tuning, Low and High "G" variations

Derived From

Todays chord, Am7 is a derived chord from Am. Take any chord progression with Am in it and explore substituting Am7 for Am.

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View the Am chord a day page...

Chord Spelling

Chord Spelling is simply knowing what the notes of a chord are. The notes of all chords can be determined from its corresponding major scale based on the root of the chord.

The notes for Am7 are:

A C E G

These are the 1 3 5 b7 scale degrees of the parent A major scale.

You might remember this as the same notes as C6. Ultimately it is the root of a chord that determines the name of the chord as well as how it's functioning harmonically within a song or chord progression.

Recommended Fingering

LH_fingersAll though additional fingerings are possible for many chords. Fingering for any given chord depends on the harmonic context the chord is being used in, what was the previous chord and what's the next chord.

Although you can play any chord with any finger as long as it's your, the recommended fingering for Am7 is:

Recommended Fingering
0 0 0 0 - ALL open strings, NO fingers.

Alternate Fingering(s)

Although alternating fingers might be possible, the recommend fingering for any chord should be an efficient fingering and easy to reproduce on demand and Low Maintenance

Fingering Notation

Fingering of a chord using text only, without using a chord grid is typically done using the finger numbers from left to right, string four to string one. Here is the text notation for January 1st C chord.

The Typical text representation of a chord fingering without a chord grid.

Note: A Zero (0) fingering notation represents an open string that no finger is required.

Fingering Chords

Additional alternate fingerings might be possible for selected chords. If there isn't an overwhelming musical reason for one fingering over another, let efficiency be the determining factor. Something as simple as longer fingers can reach the lower string four and three.

Factors such as playing notes right behind the fret takes less effort than in the middle of the fret. Less effort leads to overall efficiency in play, lower maintenance for maintaining your technique and efficiency leads to speed. This can help in determine what finger to use. Finger three can overlap finger four and finger two and overlap finger three a little allowing them to get closer to their fret.

Remember – the thumb's primary role is to support the fingers – not play notes. Think of the thumb as a Stagehand. He is unseen, doesn't get any lines BUT is a critical member of the show.

Chord Construction, Notes and Intervals

ALL chords can be be constructed based on the their intervals relative to the major scale of the root or letter name of the chord. The individual names of the notes of the chord can also be determined from the same scale.

The chord tones for Am7 are: A C E G

Am7 is the 1 3 5 b7 of the A Major Scale based on the root (A) of the chord.

m7th (m7)

Any minor 7 chord is created by lowering the third of a seventh chord one fret for a b3. An example would be from a C7 ( C E G Bb ) lower the E to Eb.

Any minor 7 can also be created from a major chord, a triad by lowering the third one fret. An example would be from C ( C E G ) lower E to Eb.

Next Steps

After memorizing todays Am7 chord and able to switch in time with other chords. The next step is adding various strums and fingerpicking patterns to your ukulele skills.

End of Lesson

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