A major Chord

In this lesson we are going to learn how to play the A major chord, also known as the A chord.

There are 2 options for how you want to place your fingers for this chord.


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The A chord has all of the fingers placed on the 2nd fret. The way I recommend to learn this chord is shown in diagram 1 and photo 1. This way uses 1st finger on the D string, 2nd finger on the G string and the 3rd finger on the B string.

Learning this way helps when changing between the first few chords that you will learn.

When I first learned to play this chord is the way shown in diagram 2 and photo 2. 1st finger on the G string, 2nd finger on the D string and the 3rd finger on the B string.

If you have learned this chord this way that is not a problem you will just need to adapt your fingers as you change chords.

Either method is absolutely fine. If you find one of them more diffucult try the other shape instead.

There is an ‘x’ over the low E string. This means when you play this chord you shouldn’t play this string.

This course is designed to give you the tools you need to play guitar.

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