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HOW TO PLAY

A Major

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From your perspective, as you look down at the fretboard:

STEP BY STEP

How to play a A Major chord on the guitar

  1. Put your first finger on the second fret of the fourth string.
  2. Put your second finger on the second fret of the third string.
  3. Put your third finger on the second fret of the second string.
  4. Strum only the highest five strings.

THEORY

A Major is a major triad, built up of the root, the major third, and the perfect fifth:

Here is how those notes are actually distributed across your fretboard

AEAC#E

Here’s how you might play the same chord on the piano:

HOW IT’S USED

The most common progression you’ll likely see with A Major is going from A, to D, to E, or I, IV, V.

A
D
E

See Stir It Up, by Bob Marley, for example:

AStir it up, Dlittle Edarlin’, Astir it up

Adding in the minor six chord (F#m), you have the classic `I-V-iv-IV` pattern:

A
E
F#m
D

John Denver’s Country Roads is a good example:

Country Aroads, take me Ehome. To the F#mplace, I beDlong

SEE ALSO

Other common chords in the key of A Major:

HOW TO PLAY
E Major
HOW TO PLAY
D Major
HOW TO PLAY
F# Minor
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HOW TO PLAY
C# Minor