How To Play The A Chord For Beginners


In this lesson we will learn how to play the A Chord

The A chord isn’t to difficult to play but does require you to really squeeze your fingers into a very small area on the fret board. Check out the fingering below.

A Chord

If you look at the diagram above you will see that all the fingers are directly behind each fret on the 3 strings D, G, & B. This is very hard to accomplish, what normally happens is that the fingers form a diagonal line across the strings. The 3rd finger being the closet to the second fret and the 1st finger being the farthest away. Ensure that you have enough pressure applied on the 1st finger to ensure that the note rings out clearly.

Make sure that your thumb is behind the head stock and facing upwards and not pointing towards the head stock.

The low E stings is not played and can be muted with the thumb by rolling it over the top of the fret board.

There are alternative fingerings for this chord, some players prefer to switch the 1st and 2nd fingers forming a triangle shape. Others hold down the G and B string with their second finger. As a beginner I would advise using the position shown in the diagram.

Check out the sound clip and compare it to the sound of your chord.

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