Commonly Used “A” Open Chords

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The A Chord

We’ve already seen the A chord twice in previous lessons, but let’s recap:

Here’s how the A chord is formed:

  1. The A string will be played open
  2. Place your 2nd finger on the 2nd of the D string
  3. Place your 1st finger on the 2nd fret of the G string
  4. Place your 3rd finger on the 2nd fret of the B string
  5. Leave the high E string open
  6. You’ll strum 5 strings- that is every string except for the low E string.

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The A Minor Chord

The A minor chord is labeled as Am. It is formed as such:

  • Place your 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the D string
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 2nd fret of the G string
  • Place your 1st finger on the 1st fret of the B string
  • Play the A string and high E string open
  • Skip the low E when strumming

The A Seventh Chord

The A seventh chord is labeled as A7. This is how it’s formed:

  • Place your 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the D string
  • Leave the G string open
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 2nd fret of the B string
  • You’ll also play the A and high E open
  • Again, strum every string except the low E

The A Minor Seventh

The A minor seventh is labeled as Am7. Here’s how it’s formed:

  • Place your 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the D string
  • Leave the G string open
  • Place your 1st finger on the 1st fret of the B string
  • Strum all strings except the low E