A Major Guitar Chord Lesson for the Beginner

Learn how to play the easy basic beginner guitar chord A Major with this free tutorial.

The A Major Guitar Chord is found in the A Major Scale: A B C# D E F# G# A. It is made up of the 1 , 3 and 5 positions of this scale. In other words, the notes A,C# and E.

This chord does give some guitarists a bit of trouble, because all three fingers have to fit on the second fret on the second, third and fourth strings. This can be particularly difficult for those of us with larger fingers.

Below are three different versions of the A Major Chord . Learn all three versions to see which version is most comfortable for you.  See the chord charts below to learn how to play this chord.

Make certain you are only strumming the first five strings as indicated in the diagram below. The Low E string is not played.  Some guitarists will hang their thumb over the top of the neck of the guitar and mute the sixth string.

If you are unable to mute or avoid playing the Low E string, it really isn’t a big deal as the “E” note is part of this chord, so it won’t sound bad.  The only difference with playing the low E string with this chord, is that the “A” is no longer the root  or bass note of  the chord. When this happens, the chord is known as an “inversion”, which means we are just changing the order of the notes a little.

A Major Chord Notes: A  C# E

Basic Guitar Chords Chart Key

Video Demonstration

Additional Resources

Follow this link for more (Advanced) ways to play the A Major Guitar Chord

Follow this link for more easy beginner guitar chords

Guitar Chords in the Key of A Major

Gibsons Learn and Master Guitar Review


  1. Warren Latham says

    Thanks very much for the opportunity to take the free
    lessons. I have a guitar, but I can’t afford to take
    lessons at the present.


  2. austin says

    this might sound dorkey but thanks for teaching how to read the charts and stuff. i dont know much bout guitar but im in a school band and play tuba/sousafone(gods gift to marching band). so i know what quarternotes,rests,cresendos and all that stuff means and if anyone one needs help with any of that you can usually reach me a donaldmcbrayer@rocketmail.com. well thanks again

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