How To Play The A Major and The A Minor Chord on Guitar

This is another informative instructional video on how to play basic guitar chords by Jacques Darville. He demonstrates the fingering positions of the the A minor chord and A major chord.

When you play the A Chords you must start on the A string (2nd string from the top) with your picking hand. The reason for this is that when you play a basic chord, in this case the A chord, the note that you are starting on should also be the root of the chord you are playing.

For example if you want to play an E chord you want to start on an E string, this applies whether you are playing the major or the minor chord.

So the same applies when playing your A chord, you start on the A string because that is the root of the chord.

As you practice these chords make sure you do it slowly at first and take your time to build your skills aiming for a clear tone. For more instructions on guitar chords you might want to check out how to play E major and E minor chords here.

A Minor Chord Fingering

  • Place your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the D string – 3rd from the top
  • Third finger under that on the G string
  • First finger on the 1st fret of the B string

Now as I mentioned before, you want to start from the second string from the top because this is the A string, so you must avoid hitting the top string.

A Major Chord Fingering

  • First finger is placed on the 2nd fret of the D string
  • The middle finger is placed below that
  • Place the third finger below that

As before, since we are playing an A chord start with the second string from the top… the A string.

Note: With the above A major chord fingering you actually have three strings held together within the 2nd fret. If this is not a comfortable way for you to hold the strings you have the option of using your middle finger, third finger and baby finger if that is an easier method.

So try both positions to determine the most comfortable way to play this chord yourself.

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