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The A guitar chord

Images and a video of the most common fingering variations from 2nd to 12th fret, plus A as tabs, alternative names and some easy reference songs.

A guitar chord and fingering
A on 2 fret

A guitar chord played on only one fret

A on 5 fret

A with a barre on fret 5

A on 5 fret

Play A from 5. fret

A on 7 fret

A played on four strings

A on 9 fret

Another A variation

A on 12 fret

This voicing for A is played in 12th position

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How to play A major open chord on a guitar

So let us talk about A major guitar chord. A major is an open chord in this beginner lesson.

First we are going to put the first finger on the forth string second fret, and then use your second finger, the middle finger, to the third string, second fret. The ring-finger should be placed on the second string at the second fret. That’s it A major. When you strum it, try to avoid the sixth string as it is not supposed to be played, but if you hit it, it is not a big deal.

Sometimes you might see people play A major a bit differently. For instance, I tend to play with two fingers and some play it with just one, but the easiest and most basic way is to play it with three fingers. That’s how you play A major.

A as guitar tabs

 
 e|-------5--------5--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x-----------| 
 B|-------4--------7--------0--------0--------12-------12-------x-----------| 
 G|-------2--------7--------2--------7--------11-------14-------7-----------| 
 D|-------2--------6--------2--------6--------9--------14-------9-----------| 
 A|-------2--------5--------2--------5--------10-------14-------10----------| 
 E|-------5--------5--------0--------5--------9--------12-------9-----------| 
 

Alternative names

Amaj, Amajor, A major

Songs with the A guitar chord

semslem Author: Semslem

Guitar chord charts

A guitar chords

Triads, tree-notes chords
Tetrads, four-notes chords
Extended chords
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B guitar chords

Triads, tree-notes chords
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C guitar chords

Triads, tree-notes chords
Tetrads, four-notes chords
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D guitar chords

Triads, tree-notes chords
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E guitar chords

Triads, tree-notes chords
Tetrads, four-notes chords
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F guitar chords

Triads, tree-notes chords
Tetrads, four-notes chords
Extended chords
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G guitar chords

Triads, tree-notes chords
Tetrads, four-notes chords
Extended chords
Altered chords