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 in a chord progression with A is: Bm, C#m, D, E and F#m.

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 is A, C#, E.
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

Written in tab format

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

Alternative shapes and voicings

Other ways to play A major:

A chord diagramA chord diagram

Video lesson: Learning the A-chord

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