A major 7 guitar chords
A - C# - E - G#
A major 7 chords consist of the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th notes of the A Major Scale.
- A Major Scale: A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G#
- Chord: A major seventh - written as Amaj7 or A∆7
- Formula: 1 - 3 - 5 - 7
- Notes: A - C# - E - G#
Amaj7 Chords - RH/LH
Spelling: 1st(A), 3rd (C#), 5th(E), 7th(G#)
Open chord shape: Amaj7
TAB e |-0-| B |-2-| G |-1-| D |-2-| A |-0-| E |---|
Open chord shape: Gmaj7
TAB e |-4-| B |-5-| G |-6-| D |-7-| A |-0-| E |---|
Open chord shape:
TAB e |-9--| B |-9--| G |-9--| D |-11-| A |-12-| E |(12)|
In the 3rd position, the chord is written (x/12)-12-11-9-9-9, while the notes are written (x/E) - A - C# - E - G# - E. This simply takes into account the optional note, which is the number/letter after the forward slash (/). We also separate double digits with a hyphen so as not to create confusion, otherwise the chord above would be written (x/12)1211999, which is too confusing - which fret belongs to which string? etc.
You will find major 7 chords used often in jazz music and less in mainstream music, however when used cleverly, they can enhance a piece tremendously. The Amaj7 - 3rd position is a little difficult at first, but when you master it, what a sound!... if you can play it with the optional note, you are doing very well.
Standard keys using the A major 7 chord: A Major, E Major, F#m, and C#m. Each of the minor keys is the relative minor of the major keys, i.e., A/F#m, E/C#m. If you are playing songs in any of these keys, you may come across an Amaj7 chord.
Practice: If you want to practice playing a song with Amaj7 chords, you may like to try any of the following: