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How to play an A major Chord on Guitar

Sign up for free iOS apps! http://bit.ly/FREEAPPS The A Chord --------------------------------------------------------------------- The A major chord is another one of the most common chords in music. Countless songs incorporate the A chord including "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton, "Good Love is on the Way" by John Mayer, and "Across the Universe" by The Beatles. The most common way to play the A chord is in open position (pictured left). The A chord is comprised of the following notes in the key of A major: A (root), C# (3rd), E (5th). A Chord: The Open Position Chord --------------------------------------------------------------------- Step 1: Learn the Shape of the Chord?- The A major chord in open position (meaning it's played at the base of the guitar neck) uses the highest five strings and one to three fingers (depending on whether or not you bar the chord). Refer to the first picture on the left (chord formation is using three fingers). Now refer to the second picture on the left below the first one (chord formation is using the single-fingered bar form). Study this picture and try to replicate these shapes with your fingers before even playing the chord on guitar.Step 2: Apply this Shape to the Guitar?- Now that you've practiced forming this shape with your fingers, apply the first shape (3 fingers) to the fretboard like this: * The 6th string is not played * The 5th string is open * 1st finger on the 2nd fret of the 4th string * 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string * 3rd finger on the 2nd fret of the 2nd string * The 1st string is open Now, try just using your first finger to bar the three frets. Step 3: Strum the Chord?- Strum the chord out clearly. Adjust your fingers accordingly so that there are no muffled notes or buzzing sounds. Be sure to hit each finger on the frets at a right angle to get the cleanest sound out of the A chord. Alternate between using your fingers and barring the chord. Make sure each form sounds crystal clear. A Chord: The 5th Fret Bar Chord --------------------------------------------------------------------- Step 1: Learn the Shape of the Chord?- The common A major bar chord uses all six strings and all four fingers. Refer to the picture on the left. Study this picture and try to replicate this shape with your fingers before even playing the chord on guitar. Step 2: Apply this Shape to the Guitar?- Now that you've practiced forming this shape with your fingers apply it to the fretboard like this: * Bar all six strings with your first finger on the 5th fret * 3rd finger on the 7th fret of the 5th string * 4th finger on the 7th fret of the 4th string * 2nd finger on the 6th fret of the 3rd string Step 3: Strum the Chord?- Strum the chord out clearly. Adjust your fingers accordingly so that there are no muffled notes or buzzing sounds. Be sure to hit each finger on the frets at a right angle to get the cleanest sound out of the A chord. Other Ways to Play an A Chord --------------------------------------------------------------------- Here are 2 other voicings of the A chord that you can play in other positions on the guitar neck: This is an A bar chord that starts on the 12th fret. This is an A chord that starts on the 9th fret. Read more by visiting our page at: http://www.mahalo.com/the-a-chord/
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