How To Play The A Chord On Guitar

A chord

A Chord Guitar Instructions

To play the A chord on your guitar, picture the A chord chart shown as your fret board and neck (if you were to stand your guitar up vertically).

The horizontal lines represent the fret bars, the vertical lines show the strings and the dots show where to place your fingers.

Play the A chord by placing your fingers exactly where the diagram shows and strumming the correct strings.

A Guitar Chord Finger Positions

Here's where you need to place your fingers when playing the A chord:

  1. Tune your guitar Tune your guitar to standard tuning
  2. Index finger: 2nd fret, 4th string Place your index finger on the 2nd fret of the 4th string
  3. Middle finger: 2nd fret, 3rd string Place your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string
  4. Ring finger: 2nd fret, 2nd string Place your ring finger on the 2nd fret of the 2nd string
  5. Play chord Strum all strings, except the 6th string

guitar strings and finger positions diagram

Other Names For The A Guitar Chord:

  • A Major Chord
  • AM Chord

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These Songs Use The A Chord

Mastered playing the A chord on your guitar? Challenge yourself by trying to play these songs to help you memorise it (they all use the A chord)!

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