PDA

View Full Version : Am7 Chord



mangorockfish
10-01-2009, 06:23 PM
I cant seem to find the chord shape for an Am7. Is it 0235? I found this somewhere, but it doesn't sound really right to me. Thanks.

SuperSecretBETA
10-01-2009, 06:48 PM
0000
or
2433
or
5757
or
9.9.8.10
or
12.12.12.12.

p.s. 0235 is a G5

ukantor
10-01-2009, 10:08 PM
0453 is my favourite,

or 0000.

Ukantor.

buddhuu
10-01-2009, 10:36 PM
0453 is my favourite, [...]

Mine too. Not just my favourite Am7, but one of my favourite chords altogether.

I've started playing The Faces 'Ooh La La' at our pub session. Most of the song (in the key in which I sing it) goes G, Am7. The 0453 version sounds great, the 0000 version sounds so bad that I'd select a different key if other Am7 voicings weren't available. :D

SuperSecretBETA
10-01-2009, 10:42 PM
0453 is my favourite,

or 0000.

Ukantor.

0987 is fun too. high up but still an open chord.

ukantor
10-01-2009, 11:13 PM
I like that 0987.

How about 5430 or 5700? We're on a roll, here!

Ukantor.

HoldinCoffee
10-02-2009, 01:25 AM
OH! 0543... best chord EVER! Sounds awesome reentrant... not so much with low g.

ukantor
10-02-2009, 01:42 AM
Hey HoldinCoffee,

0543 is indeed a stonkin' chord. Not an Am7, of course, but as a form of Fminor, or Dm7b5 it can work wonderfully well.

I'm gonna use that!

Ukantor.

SuperSecretBETA
10-02-2009, 08:49 AM
or... 0057. It's kinda cool how you can go from 5700 to 0057 and still maintain Am7.

Kanaka916
10-02-2009, 09:12 AM
Hey SSB, mahaloz for the 0057 and 5700, never tried those. I like!

ukantor
10-02-2009, 10:07 AM
GREAT THREAD - but I suspect the OP is suffering from information overload!

So Mangorockfish, stick with 0000 & 0453 for now. Of course, 0000 is a "moveable" shape for minor 7 chords (Barre the first fret - you've got Bbm7, 2nd fret gives you Bm7, 3rd fret Cm7 etc.) 0453 is NOT.

Ukantor.

Blrfl
10-02-2009, 10:25 AM
... 0000 is a "moveable" shape for minor 7 chords (Barre the first fret - you've got Bbm7, 2nd fret gives you Bm7, 3rd fret Cm7 etc.) 0453 is NOT.

But X453 is. No rule sez you have to use all four strings every time... :rulez:

--Mark

buddhuu
10-02-2009, 10:33 AM
This is fun. 0987 is great. :D

SuperSecretBETA
10-02-2009, 10:46 AM
But X453 is. No rule sez you have to use all four strings every time... :rulez:

--Mark

Actually, that's just a movable shape for minor chords (second string as the root), not minor 7th chords, but we can use a minor as a substitute if we so desired.

Ronnie Aloha
10-02-2009, 10:56 AM
You know when I was studying for the bar exam my fellow study partners used to joke that we had reached the point of overload. For every piece of information that went in the brain a separate piece had to come out.

Now that I know 23 different ways to play Am7 I can't remember how to play a C.

SuperSecretBETA
10-02-2009, 11:11 AM
Now that I know 23 different ways to play Am7 I can't remember how to play a C.

I could show you, but who knows what else will be forgotten... (i.e. What?! Today's our anniversary?!) :p

Skrik
10-02-2009, 11:59 AM
This thread took a nasty turn.

buddhuu
10-02-2009, 02:20 PM
Nah, it's all good. :D

ukantor
10-02-2009, 02:31 PM
Something similar, different chord. 0045 is an interesting C7. It has a very brash, raw sound - kinda rock 'n roll-ish. You wouldn't want to use it generally, but there's a place for it. Kansas City.

Ukantor.

mangorockfish
10-02-2009, 04:40 PM
Thanks to all of you for your input. I've had my new Mainland gloss mahogany concert since last Friday and have the version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow shown on the Capt. Google Collab. down pretty good except for the Am7. None of the versions sound totally right to me. I guess I'm not making my changes fast enough. I'll get it worked out and again thanks alot.

SuperSecretBETA
10-02-2009, 05:18 PM
Perhaps you are reading them wrong? If this is obvious to you, I'm not trying to be demeaning. I just wanna cover everything. In tab form, it goes from gCEA, so 0453 means g string is open (hehe), 4th fret on C string, 5th fret on E string. 3rd string on A string. :)

mangorockfish
10-02-2009, 05:50 PM
I was making the chord right. I meant that no matter which Am7 I used in the song, it sounded just a little off. I dunno. I'll retune.

Ukulele JJ
10-03-2009, 03:36 AM
Try playing just a regular Am chord. Does it still sound "off"?

(You can usually substitute the "non 7" version of a chord in a pinch, although it won't sound as rich.)

Does the chord sound off just by itself, or does it sound off only in the context of the song? Because it might just be the wrong chord.

JJ

jinny
10-03-2009, 05:16 AM
Awesome thread! I wanna say that reading this thread made me smarter, which i think it did... but, it was getting pretty uke nerdy at times... I liked it but I imagine the average person listening in would get that glazed over look. too bad for them!:p

mangorockfish
10-03-2009, 06:34 PM
Try playing just a regular Am chord. Does it still sound "off"?

(You can usually substitute the "non 7" version of a chord in a pinch, although it won't sound as rich.)

Does the chord sound off just by itself, or does it sound off only in the context of the song? Because it might just be the wrong chord.

JJ
The song is Somewhere Over The Rainbow off the Capt. Google Collaboration thread at the beginning of Uke Talk. It is the second line of the intro. You play it and see what you think. It may just be the way I'm playing it. Today the shape 0000 sounds the best to me, but tomorrow may be different.:D

SuperSecretBETA
10-03-2009, 09:49 PM
The song is Somewhere Over The Rainbow off the Capt. Google Collaboration thread at the beginning of Uke Talk. It is the second line of the intro. You play it and see what you think. It may just be the way I'm playing it. Today the shape 0000 sounds the best to me, but tomorrow may be different.:D

instead of


Intro:
| C | Em | Am | F |
| C | G | Am | Am7 |
| F | F |

try this


Intro:
| C | Em | F | F |
| C | G | F | Am7 omit 5th |
| F | F |

I made a couple changes. That Am7 omitted 5th is played 2030.

mangorockfish
10-04-2009, 06:08 AM
As soon as I get back to my truck (I'm an owner/operator truck driver) and am doing laundry right now, I'll give this a try. Thanks alot. I'll let you know when I do. Glad you explained omitting the 5. I didn't have a clue. Not up to snuff on theory yet.

mangorockfish
10-04-2009, 04:03 PM
SuperSecretBeta, I tried the omitted 5th Am7 and it sounds right to me in the original intro. Tried the one you suggested, but liked the other better now that I have a good Am7. Thanks alot.

Ukuleleblues
10-10-2009, 03:33 AM
0453 is my favourite,

or 0000.

Ukantor.

I like the 0453 makes a nice variation when playingwith others and they are 0000

ChamorroDT
10-10-2009, 07:19 AM
0453 is my favourite,

or 0000.

Ukantor.

o_o I never realized that 0453 was Am7!! Haha...I actually wrote a song using the Am7 as my first chord, but I played it 2433...and though its only SLIGHTLY different (to me)...I prefer to use the 0453. Woohoo :cool:

pamelamama
10-10-2009, 07:33 AM
When I first read this thread, I was filled with jealousy that I didn't get it, but after a little concentration I am proud to say I understand what you're talking about! Thanks for learnin' me.

HaileISela
10-10-2009, 09:32 AM
I think part of the confusion could be due to the fact that Seeso played a low-g tuned Uke on that Somewhere over the rainbow. that definitely sounds different since moving from Am 2000 to Am7 0000 changes the lowest note from the A to the seventh, G.

seeso
10-11-2009, 01:44 PM
I made a couple changes. That Am7 omitted 5th is played 2030.

That is exactly the Am7 I played on that recording.


I think part of the confusion could be due to the fact that Seeso played a low-g tuned Uke on that Somewhere over the rainbow.

I also used a low G uke.