A major chord

A major chord for guitar in different forms, both open and barre chords.
More A chord categories: Am | A7 | Amaj7



  • A chord diagram

A barre 1st

  • A barre shape

A barre 2nd

  • A barre shape

Try in a chord progression

A - D - E - A

Chords that sounds 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.
Middle (2nd) finger on 3rd (thinnest) string, 2nd fret.
Ring (3rd) finger on 2nd (thinnest) string, 2nd fret.

Theory of the A chord

The notes that an 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

Alternative chord names

A/F# (202220) is theoretically identical with A6.

Written in tab format

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

For pdf, see The Chord Reference ebook with over 400 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.

Video lesson: Learning the A-chord

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