The A7 (A dominant 7) chord contains the notes A, C#, E and G. It is produced by taking the root (1), 3, 5 and b7 of the A Major scale. It is essentially an A chord, with an added flat 7.
A7 is a very common chord for guitarists. The open A7 chord is very popular, and one of the first chords that many guitarists learn. Many Blues songs are in the key of A and use A7 as the main chord.
A7 is short for A dominant 7. The dominant 7 chord is a significant chord, because it plays a very important function in any given key.
The dominant 7 chord functions as a chord that resolves to the first chord in a key. For example, the A dominant 7 chord resolves the D Major chord (which is the first chord in the key of D)
10 Ways To Play The A7 Chord
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Some Quick A7 Chord Theory
- The A7 chord contains the notes A, C# E and G.
- A7 is short for A dominant 7.
- The A7 chord is produced by taking the 1 (root), 3, 5 and b7 of the A Major scale.
- The A7 is the fifth chord in the key of D. It resolves naturally to the D Major chord.
- The A7 chord (just like all dominant 7 chords) contains the following intervals (starting from the root note): major 3rd, minor 3rd, minor 3rd, tone (which leads back to the root note).
- The A mixolydian mode can be used when soloing over the A dominant 7 chord.