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A7, D7, E7 Chords (Guitar Lesson BC-151) Guitar for beginners Stage 5

November 15, 2019

Hello, how you doing? Justin here. Welcome to Stage 5. And in this first lesson of Stage 5, we’re going to be checking out 3 new chords and they’re going to be A7, D7 and E7. You’ll be please to know
they are a little easier than the previous 7th chords we learned. But hopefully your fingers
are nice and limber and ready to get some new sounds in your ears. So let’s go to a close up
and check out these new chords. OK, here’s the first chord we’re checking out today. And this is A7. Now this a pretty straight forward chord. If you are used to playing
a regular A chord, then A7 is as simple as lifting off your first finger and you’ve got A7. Making sure, of course,
that you don’t play the thickest string because that’s got the little cross to it. And we go through and check out the notes (plays) The difficulty here is always getting the open strings so making sure this second finger
is exactly positionned between the A string and the G string or the 5th string and the 3rd string depending on what lingo you like. (plays) So sometimes that G string can be
a little bit difficult : you get that (plays) from that second finger. so just, again, it’s about using
those fingertips (plays) Same with that third finger,
nice, sharply done (plays) Now there is a little variation
that you can also play for this A7. If you’ve been playing your A chord like this, with the first finger bar
and you’re digging that method, you might probably find
that doing that, if you’ve got big fingers,
is pretty difficult to get your A7. So another common one is
to use our little A mini bar chord and then putting down the third finger on the thinner string there (plays)
on the third fret of the thinner string so regular A mini bar,
adding 3rd finger on the thinner string. This is kind of your classic
kind of blues one if you’re doing kind of
Robert Johnson stylie stuff or Clapton or something. You’d probably tend to play A7 like this
(plays) A very hip little chord, that one. OK, the next chord we are going to check out
is this one. This is D7 (plays),
lovely sounding little chord. I kind of think of it like it’s a backwards D, like these two notes are the same.
There’s your regular D and the note on this string
is just moved back two frets (plays) We go to D7, if you look at a picture of it,
it kind of looks like a mirror of the D. It’s how I remember the D7
or how I used to. And so we’re just starting
1st finger : 1st fret, 2nd string, 2nd finger : 2nd fret, 3rd string and 3rd finger down on the 2nd fret
of the thinner string, 1st string. Pretty straight forward,
the difficulty here again is making sure that this finger is nice and pointed
and not muting the second string. So (plays) that’s the string
you want to check the most, is the B string, 2nd string (plays), remembering of course that we are not
playing the thickest two strings. And the last chord
that we are going to look at in this little segment is E7.
Now there’s a regular E, if we lift off the third finger,
we’ve got E7. . . . Again, really nice sounding little chord. The difficulty again is getting
this finger pointy enough (plays) . . . to hear that D string closely. . . . That’s the fourth string there
I am checking. That’s the hardest one to get. The rest of it, if you can do it,
you should find pretty straight forward. Just, you might have
a little bit of fun with that. If you have too much fun with it
or it’s too difficult, start with your regular E and just simply add
your little finger down here . . . in the third fret of the second string and you’ve got another really,
really cool way of playing E7. So, there’s a bunch more new
dominant sounding chords for you to play, dominant meaning seven chords. So the big name for all of these sort of chords
is the dominant seventh chord, like an A dominant seventh,
but it just gets shortened to A7. So, just in case you hearing people
calling them dominant chords and you’re not sure what that means, dominant seven and seven by itself
are exactly the same thing. But they do have a different sound
to major seven, as you probably remember
from our F major seven chord. It doesn’t have a very bluesy sound, where all these seventh chords,
dominant seventh chords, . . . they sound bluesy. . . . They’ve got that kind of real earthy blues sound
to dominant seventh chords. Very good ones for your ears. You should definitely be doing your ear training
or JUSTIN ear training stuff to make sure you recognize
the sound of those dominant chords. Very useful. So, those three chords we are going to make
a blues in the common chord sequences. So make sure you go and check that out. But we’ve got a few other little tricks
to teach you this lesson first. So stay tuned and I’ll see you
for another little lesson very soon. Well, I hope you enjoyed
those new chords to check out. They’re all quite bluesy sounding,
pretty cool I reckon. It doesn’t really matter
which version of the different chords. So, I’ve showed you two different ways
of playing the A7 and two different ways
of playing the E7. You can use whichever one you like. It’s really a matter of taste,
listening to the sound of it and going : ‘Yeah, I want this sound in this song
or I want that sound’. Really, the quality of the chord,
if it says A7 in the sheet music, you can play A7 whatever way you like. And it’s still going to sound cool. It’s just a preference
as to which sound you want to hear. So, it’s very important as well
that you get this sound of the A7 chords in your ear, not the A7, all of the seventh chords in your ear. Now you’ll often hear these seventh chords
referred to as dominant sevenths. So when you say A7,
it really means A dominant seventh. But we just assume dominant
when we write A7. So, if you see A7 or A dominant 7,
then that’s exactly the same thing. Now, it’s really important
that you get used to the sound of this as well. The dominant seventh chords have
a real kind of bluesy sound to them. They’ve got a lot of pull, there’s quite a lot of dissonance
in the sound of the chords. And that’s very different
to the sound of major seventh. So, if you go back
and listen to your F major seven, you hear that it’s got a different kind of –
I’ll just do it for you now actually. If you listen to this (plays)
it’s kind of quite a happy sound . . . Where as the dominant seventh chords . . . is quite sharp.
It’s got a real . . . It’s got a lot of pull in it and a lot of that kind of
‘aarrr’ dissonance going on. So make sure that you listen,
do a little bit of ear training, that JUSTIN ear training stuff or whatever that helps you
sort out the sounds of the different chords. It’s very important, especially when you are transcribing
and working out songs for yourself, that you can hear the sound of the chord
and go : ‘Oh yeah, that’s a dominant seventh chord
or that’s a major seven or that’s a minor nine chord
or whatever. So, as we’re learning
each of these new chords, you should be trying to get the sound
of those chords firmly in your ear. OK, now we’re going to have
a little bit of look at a very, very little,
very easy bit of music theory. See you in a sec.


  • Reply AJFearr July 29, 2009 at 10:25 am


  • Reply Indre P. July 29, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Thank you so much!!!

  • Reply Maka July 29, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Justin really rules! 😀

  • Reply frunchzz July 29, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Justin do you have any lesson explaining how an A becomes an A7? which note changes what is the relationship, etc. I really need to learn that. Hope you can help 🙂

  • Reply rk6314 July 29, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    In a 7 chord, you're just adding the flattened seventh to a major chord. e.g. an A major chord has A, C#, E as its notes. The 7 chord adds the G to the major chord. That makes it the 7 chord.

  • Reply gEoRgEsTrAiTjUnKiE91 July 31, 2009 at 9:49 pm

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  • Reply Mihai Toma August 2, 2009 at 12:02 am

    In the scale of A, the SEVENTH is the G note (SOL). If you ADD that note, the SEVENTH (dominant 7th), the A chord (A,C#,E) becomes a dominant 7th chord. the same with all others. The same with 5ths,13s,11s…:-?? I think so. Hope everything's alright.

  • Reply Cue Zephyr August 4, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Don't you have to flatten the 7th note first? Because the 7th note in the scale of A actually is a G#. However if you use G, you've got yourself a maj7 chord.
    Correct me if i'm wrong.

  • Reply Mihai Toma August 5, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    the 7th note in the scale of A, also called "sub-tonic' si the G. when you flatten it, it becomes a min7 chord. i think that's right. you don't have to laugh.

  • Reply Cue Zephyr August 6, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Sorry if I'm double posting this, Firefox returned an error message.
    The A major scale would contain the notes: A B C# D E F# G# right?
    Amaj7 chord would be: A C# E G#, right?
    Am7 chord would be: A C E G, right?
    And an A7 would be: A C# E G, right?
    Remember, the A7 chord does not occur in the A major scale.

  • Reply Mihai Toma August 6, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Apologies if I said something wrong. You're probably right and I must have learned badly the scale of A…

    I thought the 8th note is the G… i checked my notes…anyways…:-?? I also asked a teacher and he told me that there are major chords with maj7s and major chords with minor 7ths…didn't understand a clue…and he told me that I really should learn intervals… Anyways, sorry! cheers and good luck.

  • Reply Cue Zephyr August 6, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    No sweat man, we all have to learn. =)
    The 8th note is the A again, the tonic. But the interval is an octave.
    However i don't understand the other thing about what your teacher said. =D

  • Reply Mihai Toma August 6, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    sorry, i meant the 7th note. you're right, the 8ght note is the tonic, the A again…

    We also have different intervals,like thirds, fifths…no matter… 🙂

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  • Reply curvenut March 17, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Why A7 is called A7,

    what makes it makes it 7 ?
    What is the maning of 7 ?


  • Reply Jonas Bjordal March 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    What makes a 7th chord a 7th chord, is the first octave (or second ) is lowered to a seventh note instead.
    This gives the chords a new interestihng sound, and is used in many songs.
    However, to really understand this, I advice you to do try to learn more music theory so all of ths makes sense to you! ;p

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  • Reply CleverDjembe March 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    That is incorrect. A 7 chord is a "7" because it includes the seventh note of the scale that you base your chord upon.

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    thats the exact same thing he just said but a differtent way of explaining it…

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  • Reply MultiScooped October 21, 2015 at 3:14 am

    These ones are the easiest chords I'll ever learn. If you can already play A,E,D, then you can play these immediately.

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  • Reply Pat 68 February 24, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    If you fret E7 at the 5th fret you get the notes E G# & D just trying to work out where the 5th B is??

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    God that alt e7 chord sucks ass!

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  • Reply Tomato Tom December 2, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    D7 is similar to an ukelele chord eh

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  • Reply Leahy Leahy August 5, 2019 at 9:13 am

    It is very help lesson for me to watch how he is explaining the chord. It help me my step. Thanks!

  • Reply mariakalinka September 26, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Would you say Dominant chord is that when the most low/trebble string you play is the dominant (5) in the chord?

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