How To Play A Chord on Guitar

A chord AKA A major chord is one of the most crucial chords that you need to learn when you start learning guitar as a beginner. It is a very easy chord to play and hold. The chord structure will also help you to master barre chord approach to playing chord progression in future.

Method of playing A chord on Guitar [Open chord approach]

To play this chord you need to play the notes A, C#, E on the guitar. The finger position of A Major is almost like a straight vertical line on the 3rd fret. Let me give you a step by step method on how to hold this chord.

  • Put your Pinky finger on the 2nd fret of 2nd string to produce the note C# which is the 3rd note on the A major scale.
  • Put your ring finger on 2nd fret of 3rd string to produce the Note A which is the obvious one from the scale.
  • Then put your middle finger on the 2nd fret 4th string to produce the E note which is the 5th note of the scale.
  • No need to put any finger on the 1st, 5th and 6th string as they will produce E, A and E again on open position.
  • Now press your pinky, ring and index finger on the mentioned positions and strum all the strings to ring an A major chord.
  • * Do know that some guitarist might use index finger on 5th string 2nd fret, middle finger on 4th string 2nd fret, and ring finger on 2nd string 2nd fret to play A major scale. This is completely ok as long you have the notes required to play a certain chord. The approach I have mentioned above will help you to play barre chord in future as then you will need to use your index finger to create the essential barre.

Now that you know how to play A major chord, it is time to turn on the metronome and practice it couple of time to train your brain how to play A chord on Guitar

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