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Beginner Course Day 3

The A Chord

10 minutes, 2 videos

OK, so now we've learned how to tune our guitar, and we've learned the D chord. And we even learned a handy way to practice the shape.

Let's add a new chord.

What You'll Learn

1 Learn the A Major Chord Shape

In the video above, learn where to put your fingers to play the A major chord. Then, move on, and we'll practice with an on-off drill.

2 Practice with an On / Off Drill

Just like we did with the D chord, the best way to learn the shape is to practice with an on / off drill.

3 On your own

The best way to really remember chords is to continue to practice the shapes.

We have two shapes now, so let's practice both.

First take out your phone, and set a timer for three minutes. (You can do anything for three minutes).

  1. Put your fingers on the strings in the A major shape you just learned.
  2. Strum for four beats.
  3. Take your fingers off the strings, and count to four.
  4. Put your fingers back on the strings in the A major shape, and repeat.

When the timer goes off, set another timer for three more minutes.

  1. Put your fingers on the strings in the D major shape you practiced yesterday.
  2. Strum for four beats.
  3. Take your fingers off the strings, and count to four.
  4. Put your fingers back on the strings in the D major shape, and repeat.

I know, I know, it's tedious. But it's the fastest way to learn the chords.

Next Lesson

Next time, I promise, we have some new things to practice. You'll work to put your two chords together, and start making music with them.

Anna Freitas holds a B.A. from Berklee College of Music 
and performs throughout New England as a guitarist and vocalist. She continues to teach students, both in-person
 and online via Skype.