How to Play The A Chord on Guitar

Introduction to the A chord on guitar

Learning to play the A chord on guitar is a common first step in a guitarist’s journey. This lesson will help you learn it with ease.

It’s 1 of the 5 foundational open major guitar chords, the other 4 chords being C,G,E and D.

How to play the open A chord on guitar

The most commonly seen version of the A chord on guitar is the 3 finger, open position shape. This is called the “A shape”.

Here’s how to play the A chord, step-by-step:

  1. Place your Pinky finger on fret 2 of the B string
  2. Place your Ring finger on fret 2 of the G string
  3. Place your Middle finger on fret 2 of the D string
  4. Strum all strings starting from the A string. Make sure you don’t play the low E string.

Step 1

Step 1 A Chord on Guitar

Step 2

Step 2 A Chord on Guitar

Step 3

Step 3 A Chord on Guitar
Open A Major Chord on guitar
A major Open Chord

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Understanding the A chord on guitar

Notes in the A chord

The notes in the A major chord are A,C#, and E.

A chord intervals

1 (root)3 (third)5 (fifth)

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What’s next?

Now that you’ve learned the A chord on guitar you can move onto new things!

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