A major chord

A major chord for guitar in different forms, both open and barre chords.

Diagram with fingerings

A / AM / Amaj / A major

A chord diagram with fingerings

Diagram with notes

A / AM / Amaj / A major

A chord diagram with notes

Alternative shapes


  • A chord diagram X07655

A barre 1st

  • A barre shape 577655

A barre 2nd

  • A barre shape X1214141412

Alternative fingerings


  • A chord diagram with first alternative fingerings


  • A chord diagram with second alternative fingerings


  • A chord diagram with third alternative fingerings


  • A chord diagram with fourth alternative fingerings

Learn from video

Try in a chord progression

A - D - E - A

Progressions with diagrams (pdf)

Chords that sound good together with A major

The primary chords that sound good to combine with A in chord progressions are: Bm, C#m, D, E and F#m.

Follow-up chords

Chords that are likely to follow A major in progressions:
› D
› E
› F#m
› Asus2

Finger position (A chord)

Index (1st) finger on 4th (thinnest) string, 2nd fret or on 4th, 3rd and 2nd string, 2nd fret.
Middle (2nd) finger on 3rd (thinnest) string, 2nd fret.
Ring (3rd) finger on 2nd (thinnest) string, 2nd fret.
There are more options for fingerings, see diagrams above.

Theory of the A chord

The notes that the A chord consists of are A, C#, E. The main presented version (X02220) includes a doubled root, a third and a doubled fifth.
To get A7 add G.
To get Amaj7 add G#.
To get A6 add F#.


1st inversion: A/C# (means that C# is the bass note).
2nd inversion: A/E (means that E is the bass note).
Diagrams of these inversions

Assorted slash chords

Versions with alternate bass notes in short notation:

A/B: X22225 / X2222X
A/C: X32220
A/D: XX0220
A/D#: XX1220
A/F: 102220
A/F#: 202220
A/G: 302220
A/G#: 402220

Alternative chord names

A/B is theoretically identical with Aadd2/B.
A/F# is theoretically identical with A6/F#.
A/G is theoretically identical with A7/G.
A(no3) is theoretically identical with A5.

Written in tab format

- 0 -
- 2 -
- 2 -
- 2 -
- 0 -
- - -

For pdf, see The Chord Reference ebook with over 800 chord charts.

Alternative shapes and voicings

Other ways to play A major:

A chord diagramA chord diagram

In both cases, the open A-string can be included. Additional versions are X02225 and X 0 12 12 12 17, which can be great as final chords (i.e. outro chords) since both the highest and lowest notes are an A.

These versions are sometimes written AVII and AV, respectively, marking the positions by frets in Roman numerals. A chord on the 7th fret and on the 5th fret, there is.

Another relatively common alternative voicing is X02225, sometimes referred to as A with A at the top.

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