The A minor 7 chord (Am7) is an A minor chord (A – C – E) with the ‘flat 7’ of the A Major scale included (G).
The minor 7 chord in general is a very common and popular chord. Along with the Major 7 and Dominant 7 chords, the minor 7 chord is one of the most common 7th chords in all of music.
The A minor 7 chord is particularly common, partly because it is included in other popular keys. For example, in the key of C, Am7 is the relative minor chord. In the key of G, Am7 is the ii (2) chord.
Some Quick Am7 Chord Theory
- The A minor 7 chord contains the notes A, C, E and G.
- The Am7 chord is produced by playing the 1st (root), flat 3rd, 5th and flat 7th of the A Major scale.
- The A minor 7 chord (just like all minor 7 chords) contains the following intervals (from the root note): minor 3rd, Major 3rd, minor 3rd, Major 2nd (back to the root note).
- Am7 is an Am chord, with the flat 7th (G) included.
- The open Am7 chord is used a lot in Pop music.
10 Ways To Play The A Minor 7 Chord
If you’ve come to this page just to view some chord diagrams for Am7, here they are.
- A guide to minor 7 chords
- A natural minor scale
- A minor 7 arpeggio
- A minor chord
- Chords page
- How guitar chords work